New Year Honours 2021: OBEs for allergy campaigners.

1 January 2021

New Year Honours 2021

The parents of a 15-year-old girl who died from a severe allergic reaction after eating a baguette have accepted an OBE in her name.
Natasha Ednan-Laperouse collapsed on a flight to Nice in 2016 having eaten a baguette from Pret a Manger.
Her parents Tanya and Nadim Ednan-Laperouse said they were “humbled” to accept the OBE.


They are among 170 Londoners to receive a CBE, MBE or OBE in the New Year Honours.


Mr and Mrs Ednan-Laperouse, who set up the Natasha Allergy Research Foundation in the name of their daughter, have each been honoured for their services to charity and for people with allergic disease.

“It’s important to get it right, not just for their business, but for the millions of people in the UK living with a food allergy or intolerance. Everyone deserves to be able to make safer choices when they buy their food”

The pair felt the award was a tribute to their child, who they said still inspired them every day.
They said: “Natasha was a passionate believer in social justice and the bright torch that she carried for others inspires us every day.

“We are humbled and honoured to accept these awards in the name of our beloved daughter Natasha.”

Mr and Mrs Ednan-Laperouse hope it will support scientists to prevent “more unnecessary deaths” and hospitalisations through severe allergic reactions, and “ultimately we hope to help eradicate allergic disease from this planet”.

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