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YORKHILL KIDS GET RESTAURANT TREAT

January 26, 2003 4:08 PM

Over 50 children with a very rare diet disorder are being given a special treat at Glasgow Restaurant "Est Est Est" on Sunday the 26th January and Sunday 2nd February.
The children, from as far afield as Mull and Oban, all have a condition that prevents their bodies from being able to cope with protein food such as eggs, fish, meat and every child's favourites - chocolate, biscuits and certain fizzy drinks. The strict diet the children are placed on means that the visits to restaurants and sweets and drinks that many other children take for granted are not allowed. However, thanks to support from special dietary food producers at SHS International, Vitaflo Ltd and "Est Est Est" on Bothwell Street, the children will have their own restaurant for the day and make their own pizzas and meals! Barbara Cochrane, Dietitian at Yorkhill NHS Trust said:

"We have organised this event not only for the children, who will have great fun making their own meals, but for the parents who can relax and chat to other families in their position, whilst knowing that all the food being served is safe for their child. "A normal visit to a restaurant for these families can often be quite worrying with parents trying to ensure that the food is suitable, and unfortunately this means that many of these children do not get to eat out very often."

Euan Watkins, General Manager of Est Est Est added:

"We hope this special day will become a more regular occasion for the kids as they love the involvement and interaction, making their own pizzas and meeting the chefs in the kitchen. With only a little planning, the dietary requirements can easily be met."

Notes You are invited to send a photographer along for opportunities with the children making their meals, as well as Yorkhill and Est Est Est staff.

  • All babies are screened at birth for this very rare disorder which affects 1 in 10 000 in the West of Scotland.
  • Yorkhill NHS Trust is the West of Scotland centre for the care of children with this condition, and diagnose around 4 cases each year.
  • The children have a special diet revolving around protein supplements which provide their body with a special form of protein which they can handle

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