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Coeliac sufferer's crowdfunder for Glasgow's first gluten-free only cafe

Coeliac sufferer's crowdfunder for Glasgow's first gluten-free only cafe

A mother and daughter duo hope to bring Glasgow's first gluten-free food only cafe and takeaway service to the city for coeliac sufferers.

Around one in 100 people suffer from coeliac disease, a digestive condition where a person has an adverse reaction to gluten.

Only around a quarter of those with the condition have been diagnosed, with symptoms of the disease including diarrhea, sickness, stomach pain, bloating and tiredness.

Lee-Anna MacIver, 31, was only recently diagnosed with coeliac disease but thinks she may have been suffering for over ten years as she was never tested by doctors despite all her complaints.

Inspired by her struggles of the disease and with the help of her mother Johan MacIver, she hopes to open Glasgow's first gluten-free cafe GF Pitstop.

The new venture will cater specifically for coeliac sufferers and those with wheat intolerance.

Lee-Anna has worked in the hotel and entertainment industry for several years and Johan has vast experience in catering and management.

  (Lee-Anna and Johan)
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Johan is currently being tested for the illness and several of her family members are sufferers.

Lee-Anna hopes to raise £20,000 through her crowdfunding page in order to make her dream cafe a reality.

GF Pitstop will be dishing out food such as toasties, stovies, egg rolls, sandwiches, kettle chips, smoothies and other meals.

"I want people to come and be at ease when ordering from here. There will be no wheat and no cross contamination," said Lee-Anna.

"I tend to feel like a bit of a pain when I go out for dinner with friends as I have to ensure that everything I order is free from contamination.

"Some chefs don't understand that even a tiny speckle on utensils can affect coealic sufferers."

Lee-Anna hopes to open GF Pitstop in the west end or Finnieston within a year.

  (GF Pitstop)
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She also hopes to bring her venture to festivals, which can often be troublesome for coeliac sufferers.

The crowdfunder page has been set up to raise cash for the shop, utensils, staff and suppliers.

"Thousands of people in Glasgow and the UK are suffering from coeliac disease and many of them might not even know about it," Lee-Anna said.

"It would be great to bring more awareness to the problem and ensure that people are getting more support for the illness."

Lee-Anna's Crowdfunding page for GF Pitstop can be found here.

Those who pledge will receive a 50% voucher off their first meal at GF Pitstop.

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