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The Duchess of York, 60, shared a picture with her friends Tanya and Nadim Laperouse, who set up the Natasha Allergy Research Foundation in memory of their daughter Natasha to find a cure for food allergies. Sarah, who is patron of the charity, said: “I am united with my good friends Tanya and Nadim in their battle against allergies and during allergy awareness week it’s vital for us to remember the importance of their work.
“Tanya and Nadim founded the @natashasfoundation in memory of their darling daughter Natasha and are dedicated to finding a cure to allergies and making our world a safer place #worldallergyweek #natashasfoundation #allergies #natashaslaw.”
The Instagram account for the Natasha Allergy Research Foundation replied: “And we are so so grateful.”
Natasha died in 2016 aged 15 after suffering a severe allergic reaction.
In a message on the foundation’s website, Sarah said: “I am very proud to have been asked to be the patron of the Natasha Allergy Research Foundation, a campaigning and fundraising charity that Nadim and Tanya have created with very clear and straightforward aims.
“The charity will fund leading and critical allergy research with the aim of finding a cure for this horrendous disease.
“It is an important platform to voice and campaign for much-needed change to support and help all those affected with allergies.
“Nadim and Tanya say they want Natasha’s death to be a ‘watershed moment’ that prompts life-saving changes in food labelling, leads to better safety for allergy sufferers in our society and enables important allergy research.
“I am so moved by their determination that some good comes out of their daughter’s death and I will do whatever I can to support them and the foundation in those aims.”
Sarah, who is spending the coronavirus lockdown at her and Prince Andrew’s Royal Lodge residence in Windsor, has been keeping busy with charity work.
Earlier this month, she launched Sarah’s Trust to connect donors with charities.
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I am united with my good friends Tanya and Nadim in their battle against allergies and during allergy awareness week it’s vital for us to remember the importance of their work. Tanya and Nadim founded the @natashasfoundation in memory of their darling daughter Natasha and are dedicated to finding a cure to allergies and making our world a safer place #worldallergyweek #natashasfoundation #allergies #natashaslaw
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The trust has been delivering essential and luxury items to NHS, care home and hospice staff on the coronavirus frontline.
The charity has also been providing lifesaving medication, food supplies and washing facilities in rural areas of Ghana.
Sarah said: “We will focus on a whole range of causes, all across the world, but at this terrible time it’s right that our first projects should be to help to contend with the impact of coronavirus both at home and abroad.
“It has been humbling to be able to see just a little bit of the incredible work being done by our NHS and other health workers and I’m proud that, working with my daughters and new colleagues at Sarah’s Trust, we’ve been able to make life a little easier for some of them.
“I’m also pleased that we’ve been able to support vulnerable children in Ghana, building on the sort of charity work I’ve been involved in for many years now.”
Sarah Wade, chief executive of Sarah’s Trust, added: “We are very excited to be launching this new charitable initiative.
“The Duchess’s passion for these causes and people is cemented at the very core of Sarah’s Trust.
“Her energy and charitable heart will enable Sarah’s Trust to provide vital support to the world’s most forgotten, and to broaden her support to more charities working in the field.”
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