Exeter students set out to beat eating disorders on British 10k run

Posted 04/07/2018

Four Exeter students are running the British 10K on 15 July in aid of the UK’s eating disorder charity Beat. The team from the Exeter Beats Eating Disorders student society have already beaten their own fundraising target – twice – and are now aiming to raise £1,200.

Ana Silva, President of Exeter Beats Eating Disorders, said: “For two years we have been spreading the word about eating disorders in our university. We have just become an affiliated society which will give us the opportunity to work even harder on a higher platform. Running the British 10K is our finale fundraiser after a successful fundraising year!

“Being such a close team, and an even closer group of friends, we’re running together for a cause so close to us all, and are determined to complete it while, most importantly, having fun!” 

An estimated 1.25 million people in the UK suffer from an eating disorder. The transition from living at home to university can be particularly difficult for sufferers, and Beat runs a helpline specifically for students.

Beat’s Community Fundraising Officer Andrea Auburn said, “The Exeter team are doing such important work in helping to ensure that eating disorder sufferers get support.

“We rely on our fundraising volunteers to raise money increase the number of people we help.

“Last year Beat directly supported over 17,000 people and this year we are hoping to help 40,000. The dedication of Exeter Beats Eating Disorders and other volunteers like them is essential in achieving that goal.”

Notes to editors

  • Members of the Exeter Beats Eating Disorders team are available for interview.
  • Exeter Beats Eating Disorders raises awareness for people with eating disorders and the limited services available for them in Exeter and the surrounding areas. In October 2017 they publicly called on the NHS and the University to improve care for eating disorder sufferers: http://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/2017-10-16/exeter-students-call-for-improved-care-for-people-with-eating-disorders/
  • Visit the team’s fundraising page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ebedbeats10k
  • The British 10k takes place on 15th July in Westminster. 10,000 people are expected to take part.
  • As the UK’s eating disorder charity, Beat offers support to sufferers and their families based on clinical expertise and thanks to the testimonies and involvement of eating disorder survivors. More information at: beateatingdisorders.org.uk
  • People fundraise for Beat in various ways, from sporting activities to hosting pamper nights. Beat’s fundraising officers offer personalised 1-to-1 support to all fundraisers.

Contact information:

Jamie Osborn | media@beateatingdisorders.org.uk | 01603 753316