Ian Murray MP Working Hard for Edinburgh South
Guest Blog by constituent Ella Davies
On the 5th October, I am going to skydive in order to raise money for the UK’s eating disorder charity, Beat. Their work is life changing and has helped me a lot throughout the last few years, which is why I have chosen to do this- to support and to enable continuation of their work.
Beat exist to end the pain and suﬀering caused by eating disorders, which is predicted to aﬀect 1.25 million people. The illness can be deeply isolating for the people aﬀected by them. Their online support groups and training for carers allow people to talk to others with similar experiences, helping them to feel less alone with their eating disorder. They run phone and email helplines 365 days a year for anyone who needs support. Often when people get in touch it’s the ﬁrst time they have voiced their concerns about themselves or a loved one. Beat receives no funding from central government, so they rely on the generosity of supporters to help continue their important work.
I was lucky in that to receive my treatment, near my home in Edinburgh, it took a few weeks, compared to the average waiting time of 27 weeks. Statistically, an individual is 50% less likely to relapse if treatment is sought immediately and Beat work hard to reduce these waiting times. Most people don’t realise that anorexia has a higher mortality rate than any other mental illness. The money I raise goes towards recovery and getting people their lives back, and I would really appreciate any support- of whatever size.
£5 could help fund a Beat Advisor to respond to emails.
£15 supports the Helpline Advisors give support and guidance.
£50 helps run an online support session.
£100 helps produce resources and spread awareness.
£1,100 supports the Helpline Advisors to run the services for 1 day.
Eating disorders don’t discriminate: any age, any gender, any background.
Please take a look at my fundraising page, any support is greatly appreciated. Thank you!