Daisy Garland support spans the UK, from the west country to Scotland and Northern Ireland.  During lockdown we were able to increase our support in a variety of ways.

Some families found sourcing ketogenic food items especially difficult and in over a dozen cases we were able to source these items and send them to families direct. With low stocks, and in some cases bare supermarket shelves across the country, several of our families took the decision to buy live chickens to ensure a plentiful supply of eggs.  We quickly responded to this by launching an on-line Chicken Chat page which was immediately a-buzz with stories, photos and sound advice from experienced chicken keepers, notably Sarah Barker, Daisy Garland Parent Trustee.  Several weeks in and it seems everyone is hooked on their newly acquired broods – if all else fails at least there will be eggs for tea!


Daisy’s Keto Café, a hub of positive help and support, provided a place for its 481 members to share their lockdown experiences, exchange ketogenic recipes, and offer and receive support and encouragement.  One mum told us “The Café provides me with such a strong network of support that I no longer feel alone.  I know if I have a worry or concern at 11pm there will always be someone in the Café to help me. There’s no place quite like Daisy’s Café, because everyone just, ‘gets it’”

Our website Recipes page received over 20,000 hits in May from families looking for keto menu inspiration and with over 35 easy to follow, across-the-board recipes from breadsticks to boboti, it’s easy to see why!  Feedback has been overwhelming with families saying how much they enjoyed the dishes: some said once a week the whole family was able to share the same meal - who wouldn’t enjoy beef nachos followed by blueberry cheesecake?  Busy keto mum, Sarah Barker, shared many of her own tried and tested keto recipes all of which went down a storm.  Our exclusive keto cookery videos (see below) featuring Chef Derek, and kindly sponsored by Nutricia, have been a big hit too, demonstrating quick and easy ways make keto-friendly bread and cakes as well as yummy main meals and lunch box treats. 

It has always been our priority to support all the families under our care and help them in whatever way possible and lockdown proved no exception.

Welcome Boxes, Care Packs and monitor grants continued to be dispatched daily: no one was left wanting or waiting