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Mother’s mission to make Halloween safe for all

PUBLISHED: 08:31 20 October 2018 | UPDATED: 08:39 21 October 2018

Ruby and Holly with their teal coloured pumpkin Picture: RACHEL EDGE

Ruby and Holly with their teal coloured pumpkin Picture: RACHEL EDGE

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A Kesgrave woman wants to spread the word about a Halloween project which keeps children with food allergies safe.

Mum Lesley Nicole with her children Ruby, aged seven, and Holly, four, will celebrate Halloween for kids with allergies by painting a pumpkin teal to let others know she will be supplying non food treats for trick or treaters Picture: RACHEL EDGEMum Lesley Nicole with her children Ruby, aged seven, and Holly, four, will celebrate Halloween for kids with allergies by painting a pumpkin teal to let others know she will be supplying non food treats for trick or treaters Picture: RACHEL EDGE

Mum-of-two, Lesley Nicole, is backing a campaign called the Teal Pumpkin Project which originated from America.

The aim of the project is to raise awareness of food allergies and encourage people to offer a non-food alternative to trick-or-treaters so children with allergies aren’t excluded on Halloween.

Lesley said: “My Nephew’s severe peanut allergy opened my mind to all the other kiddies who have suffered. I want all children to have the fun of Halloween, even when people try to be careful with their treats they can’t guarantee it is going to be safe for all.”

The ceramic artist will have a pot non-food treats ready to hand out to those who need it, this includes Halloween themed whistles, bubbles, wind-up toys, rings, pencils and more. She will also have a pot of sweets for those without allergies.

The teal coloured pumpkin will alert trick and treaters to allergy-free treats Picture: RACHEL EDGEThe teal coloured pumpkin will alert trick and treaters to allergy-free treats Picture: RACHEL EDGE

Those taking part in the Teal Pumpkin Project will paint a pumpkin in teal paint and leave it outside their home, this then informs children and parents that non-food treats are available. There is also an interactive map you can mark yourself on so it is clear which homes are participating.

The Teal Pumpkin Project was introduced by food allergy organisation FARE they reveal on their website why it is important, they said: “Halloween can be a tricky time for families managing food allergies. Many traditional Halloween treats aren’t safe for children with life-threatening food allergies. The Teal Pumpkin Project promotes safety, inclusion and respect of individuals managing food allergies. This worldwide movement offers an alternative for kids with food allergies, as well as other children for whom candy is not an option. It keeps Halloween a fun, positive experience for all.”

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