Awareness events for sufferers of coeliac disease

A BEARSDEN lady who was diagnosed with coeliac disease in her early thirties has helped to organise a variety of events to highlight the illness.

Frances Jones from Westerton, Bearsden, the Glasgow branch convener for Coeliac UK, says is delighted to do her bit to raise awareness during Coeliac Awareness Week which runs from Monday, May 14 to 20.

The 71 year old was rushed into hospital for emergency treatment when she was 32 and diagnosed with coeliac disease.

Gluten, which is found in wheat, barley and rye, triggers an immune reaction in people with coeliac disease.

If they eat gluten it damages the lining of their small intestine and other parts of the body may also be affected.

Frances will be talking to MSPs, doctors and dieticians at the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm and she has organised a gluten free tea at the Butterfly and Pig on Bath Street, Glasgow, on Saturday, May 19 from 2pm onwards, cost £10 per person, to book phone Frances on 0141 5865204.

Frances has also been working in partnership with Bearsden lady Alison Sampson, who is part of Sainsburys Try Team, whose job it is to inspire people to cook. Alison has organised a cookery demonstration for coeliac sufferers at Sainsburys Darnley store in the south side of Glasgow on Thursday, May 17 at 7pm prompt.

Alison said: “I will be giving a demonstration of tasty recipes and quick and easy ideas, to hopefully inspire coeliacs to try.

“All the recipes on the night will be sampled by the audience and everyone will get copies of the recipes to take away.

“Any newly diagnosed coeliacs will also be able to chat to Frances and other menbers of the Glasgow branch of Coeliac uk to find out more about the local group and the benefits of being a member.”