anorexia sufferer holds fundraiser for charity close to her heart
courageous Berrow woman who has battled with anorexia for over 30
years has held a unique fundraising event to raise money for a charity
close to her heart.
Holbrow from Berrow has suffered with anorexia for over three decades
and, to raise money for Beat, a leading eating disorder support
charity, she baked a large batch of dog treats that went on sale
on Friday, at Take Two, a dog-friendly cafe in Burnham-On-Sea.
am fundraising for Beat, the UK's eating disorder charity. An eating
disorder has affected my life badly and also my friends."
came out of a specialist eating disorder unit just before Christmas
after six months' treatment for Anorexia."
in treatment I crossed the paths of others, the majority much younger
than me, suffering and battling to 'recover'."
witnessed their lives fractured at such vulnerable ages. So I am
doing this to reflect all those affected by eating disorders, especially
the friends I've made during treatment."
is the most insidious evil disease, it's also a fierce liar and
stokes up an incredible amount of emotional agony and conflict.
And that radiates to friends and family."
am passionate to raise awareness and to talk about this so something
positive comes out of the years battling this torrid existence surrounding
food, weight and nutrition."
supported me years ago, when it was formerly now as the Eating Disorder
Association (EDA). Back in the 90s for example I was sectioned regularly
for a year at a time, in general psychiatric units."
eating disorder units were for some reason never on the cards for
me, perhaps due to the fact because I suffer with a complex web
of psychiatric issues."
this time a lady from the EDA wrote to me regularly. She offered
me a life line - I had one person at least who would listen to me
empathically and understand at a time when I felt excruciatingly
vulnerable and alone. Ive never forgotten her and the EDA,
as it was then."
supports anyone with an eating disorder, their friends and family,
as well as professionals working with or worried about an individual
in their care. These serious mental illnesses include anorexia nervosa,
bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder."
people in the UK have a diagnosed eating disorder. Thats why I chose
725 as the number of treats to bake. They affect people of all ages
and backgrounds, and up to one in four sufferers are male. Eating
disorders cost the UK's economy £16.8 billion each year."
may someone spot the first signs of symptoms of an eating disorder.
This is extremely important when encouraging individuals to get
the help and support they need as quickly as possible. Beat has
created their tips campaign giving the tips to spot those
very first signs of an eating disorder - here."
youre worried someone you care about is showing the signs
of an eating disorder, encourage them to seek help from their GP.
Beat provide support services and information for individuals and
those supporting someone with an eating disorder."
my dog, is my mainstay and the very reason I continue to fight every
aspect of mental health issues I live with, notably PTSD, Borderline
Personality Disorder, Dissociative Disorder & self injury -
all need talking about so to help spread awareness and break the
stigma attached to mental health illnesses."
is rehomed from Border Terrier Welfare UK. He is now five years
old and adores his trips to Take Two. Hes enabled me very
much - especially socially and getting out and about. Hes
helped me in unimaginable ways."