Eczema Outreach Scotland hold first birthday bash bracing the Scottish rain

Written by Scott Campbell. Scott Campbell
Published at 17:50 on 24 June 2012.
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Yesterday’s weather certainly didn’t dampen Eczema Outreach Scotland’s birthday celebrations at Palacerigg Country Park, with eight families huddled together in the Millennium longhouse.

Eczema is a common skin condition which comes in four sub-categories, atopic eczema, which often runs in families and is linked to other conditions, such as asthma and hay fever; discoid eczema, which usually affects adults and causes circular or oval patches of eczema; varicose eczema, which occurs on the legs, usually around varicose veins (swollen and enlarged veins) and Contact dermatitis, which is the most common type of eczema, affecting around one in twelve adults and one in five children in the UK, causing an inflammation of the skin that occurs when someone come into contact with a particular substance, resulting in red, itchy and scaly skin, and at times burning and stinging.

Registered last year by the mother of a young girl with eczema who couldn’t find any local support, Eczema Outreach Scotland is Scotland’s only frontline charity dedicated to eczema.

Eczema Outreach Scotland aim to provide support for families by creating connections between them and providing information, increasing the confidence and self-esteem of children with eczema through a programme of social outings, reducing stigma by raising awareness of the condition and influencing policy to improve services.

Yesterday's event gathered eight families affiliated with the charity and during the day's free package of events, which included an animal handling event, where the children and their family got to hold lizards, snails and snakes, mask making, a birthday party, lunch and a free play, allowing them to socialise and discuss the skin condition.

When announcing the event, Magali Speight, Project Manager for Eczema Outreach Scotland said: “In an ideal world, people with eczema and their carers are given the opportunity to lead fulfilling lives in inclusive communities and can access high quality services which meet their needs. We want to contribute to building such an environment through our outings."

Cumbernauld Media were the only media publisher to be invited to the event and afterwards we talked to Magali Speight, who summed up the event as a “success,” adding: “Today was about getting eight families together, who had never met before, and the children played and made new friends; friends like them, who need their creams and bandages or who feel itchy and angry at their skin condition.

“It was really good today to see them having such great fun and for the mums and dads to exchange tips and advice and compare how they cope with the condition.”

In an exclusive on screen interview, Ms Speight said:

“Eczema Outreach Scotland was set up last year as a registered charity to improve the quality of life of children with eczema and their families.

“What we are trying to do is to get those families together to encourage peer support, increase self-esteem and the confidence of the children, affected by severe eczema, and create a Scotland wide peer support network so that families can come to meet and help one and other.

“Today was about getting eight families together, who had never met before, and the children played and made new friends; friends like them, who need their creams and bandages or who feel itchy and angry at their skin condition.

“It was really good today to see them having such great fun and for the mums and dads to exchange tips and advice and compare how they cope with the condition.

“We are hoping to hold a lot many more events, for many more families, in the next few months and years to come and so we would encourage every family with a child with eczema to come and join us, it's completely free and you get advice and a chance to meet other families.

Magali added:“There are many ways to contact us, we are really accessible, through the website, which is www.eczemaoutreachscotland.org.uk, or our email address isinfo@eczemaoutreachscotland.org.uk.”
Cumbernauld Media’s interview with Magali is shown below or can also be accessed through the Cumbernauld Television Youtube page. Keep watching our Facebook and Twitter pages for when we launch the gallery of pictures from the day.

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