A Huddersfield health support group have celebrated the end of an almost 20 year wait to enjoy afternoon tea due to the lack of gluten free options.
What is considered a treat to most had turned into a chore for the Calderdale and Huddersfield Coeliac Group, who had never been able to find a cafe that could cater to their digestive condition.
All that changed when staff at The Seasons Cafe at the Armitage’s Garden Centre in Birchencliffe agreed to put on the special event for 30 of the group’s members, marking the first such event in the group’s history.
Attendees enjoyed specially made gluten free sandwiches and cakes, which were made according to strict conditions.
Those suffering with coeliac disease, who have adverse reactions when they eat gluten, must have their food prepared in environments free from regular flour and other untreated cereals, such as wheat, barley and rye.
Group organiser Irvena Fisher, who was diagnosed with the disease 25 years ago and organises events for 700 members, said: “We’ve had quite a few events but we’ve never been able to go out and have afternoon tea because it’s very hard to find somewhere that will cater for us.
“We were really pleased that this has finally happened and hope that it raises awareness coeliac disease, which is now being more readily diagnosed by doctors.
“Thankfully it is becoming easier for coeliacs to eat out but we would fight tooth and nail for more places to offer gluten free options.”
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