Helping those with food intolerances

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Sara Pollard overwhelmed by the response her Free from Temption business has had in the community

However, almost three years on it’s amazing to look back on what I’ve achieved within the community.

One of my highlights of last year is having a stall at Fernham Hall’s Coeliac Fair.

Having established ourselves in the world of Free-From, it was amazing to see how our community pulled together for an event like this.

We sold out of every product in just under an hour.

With so many people having different dietary requirements, one in five people will suffer from an allergy or an intolerance during their lifetime.

With Coeliac Disease becoming one of the most common intolerances to food, it’s now one of the more recognisable intolerances to be able to be diagnosed.

I have had the privilege of meeting many of the people in our community who suffer from it and bring them the joy of cake through our delicious recipes.

Doing events like the one at Fernham Hall is what I love most about my job.

Not only is our company one of the only certified gluten-free companies in the south, but I love meeting new people and helping all those that I can along the way.

I love being involved in local charity work and am always one to put myself forward, no matter what the challenge.

So far I’ve helped raise hundreds of pounds for charities like Children in Need and Race For Life.

More recently I dressed as Wonder Woman for the whole day to raise money for Wave 105’s Cash For Kids charity.

To the amusement of all the parents at Harrison School, in Fareham, I went to the school in the costume to pick up my daughter.

I was also spotted having a coffee at the Locks Heath Centre.

Thanks to the wonderful people I work with I even won ‘Young Entrepreneur’ at the Portsmouth Venus Awards last year for my efforts. This year I’ve been nominated a whopping 58 times in the National Diversity Awards too.

Which is truly overwhelming!

I’ve met some fab people along the way and you’re about to get to know some of them a little better yourselves as each fortnight I will focus on community organisations I’ve met, been working with or will be raising money for in future.

We will also be including recipes and advice in baking gluten-free.