A very close relative of mine has been very poorly over the last couple of years with an ongoing battle with a severe eating disorder and there are times where hospitalisation was a necessity in order to aid full recovery. Unfortunately, subsequent to the last hospitalisation admission, it is evident that a more specialised care is now required. Costs for rehabilitation in South Africa are expected in the regions of £4,000 and more which is an extremely large sum of money for an average family to afford. I've therefore signed up for running a marathon in October next year (Bristol to Bath) which is a first for me, a tandem skydive from 15,000 feet - which if anyone knows me, I'm absolutely petrified of heights and I will be volunteering at The West of England MS Therapy Centre over the next 12 months - all of which push me outside my comfort zone.
Funds raised from the marathon and skydive will be split 50/50 between costs for a family member's rehabilitation and B-EAT (a UK eating disorder charity).
Eating disorders are a serious mental illness affecting 1.6 million people in the UK. B-EAT (formerly the Eating Disorder Association) is the only UK wide charity supporting people affected by eating disorders and their families and campaigning on their behalf. Their vision is that eating disorders will be beaten.
Their aims are:
- To change the way everyone thinks and talks about eating disorders;
- To improve the way services and treatments are provided;
- To help anyone believe that their eating disorder can be beaten.
They do this by:
- Challenging the sterotypes and stigma that people with eating disorders face campaigning for better services and treatments;
- Providing information, support and encouragement to seek treatment and recovery.
B-EAT runs national helplines for adults and young people, online support and a UK wide network of self-help groups to help people beat their eating disorder. They are the first port of call for anyone who is affected by an eating disorder, adult or young sufferer, family member, friend or the professional supporting them.
They campaign to improve services by engaging with government and policy makers and make sure that the views of people with eating disorders are listened to and taken into account. People affected by eating disorders need professional help and support from teachers, doctors and nurses. B-EAT ensures that professionals working with eating disorders have access to the highest quality training and information and run accredited training services and conferences. B-EAT campaigns in the media to reduce the stigma around mental health illnesses and to improve healthcare services and promote best practise.
How your donations help at B-EAT:
- £2 enables B-EAT to provide online support to a young person struggling with an eating disorder;
- £5 enables B-EAT to answer a question on the helpline message boards;
- £10 enables B-EAT to give a sufferer the opportunity to talk to a support worker;
- £25 enables B-EAT to answer five questions in their online Youth Chat Room;
- £100 enables B-EAT to train a Young Ambassador to talk about and raise awareness of eating disorders in the national media;
- £250 enables B-EAT to train a helpline worker;
- £500 enables B-EAT to set up a regional training event to train volunteers to set up and run a support group in their local area.
On a final note, I would like to say a massive thank you in advance for all your love and support to make this happen;0}