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Title/Topic: Eating Disorders Project Facing The Axe
Posted On: 7/8/2009
 
July 8 2009, Norwich, England (Norwich Evening News) – A ground-breaking project which provides invaluable help and advice for families of people with severe eating disorders is facing the axe due to a lack of funding.

Beat, the charity based on Prince of Wales Road, in Norwich, could have to abandon the project which helps hundreds of people cope with their sibling’s anorexia or bulimia.

The internationally-renowned charity set up the project a year ago after hearing from many brothers or sisters about how isolated and confused they feel when their loved one is suffering from an eating disorder.

Called the siblings’ project, it was initially funded for two years by Targetfellow, a commercial property investment company, but due to other commitments it was only able to pay for the project for one year.

Beat’s chief executive Susan Ringwood, said: “We are so disappointed about this. The project was the first of its kind. We had set it up in response to a demand from young people with eating disorders.

“They knew that their brothers and sisters were under a tremendous emotional strain too and had no-one to help them cope with the way the whole family had become affected by the eating disorder in their midst.

“We are extremely grateful to Targetfollow, who very kindly funded the first year of the project. We were hoping that they would be able to support us for the second year, but due to their existing commitments to other charity and community causes, they were unable to do this.”

The charity has had a major impact on fighting eating disorders in Norfolk and across the country since it changed its name from the Eating Disorders Association in 2007.

It has since had contact with 112,000 people and its website receives three million hits a month. Through this, downloads and its pages on social networking sites it has had indirect contact with more than 600,000 people.

The charity is now looking for funding for the project for the next 12 months.

Targetfollow charities, sponsorship and projects coordinator Jamie Evans said: “We have been immensely impressed with the work Beat has carried out in the first year.

“We would urge other local business and members of the community to come forward and support this vital and ground-breaking project.”

Beat is appealing to people and businesses in the region to help so the project can be completed with the £20,000 it needs.

In the past two years the charity has benefited from thousands of pounds of donations from Hollywood stars. Both Kate Winslet and Keira Knightley won High Court libel cases after the press suggested they were suffering from eating disorders. They chose to donate their payouts to the Norwich-based charity.

To find out how you could help, or to make a contribution to the project funds, please contact Emma Healey on 01603 753311 or email e.healey@b-eat.co.uk

Anyone who can help or who needs more information about Beat can call 01603 753307 or log on to www.b-eat.co.uk.
 

 
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