Please follow the guidelines below to ensure your fundraising is suitable, legal and safe for everyone involved.
There are lots of different ways to fundraise for Beat from trekking up a mountain, to sharing your story online or organising a quiz in your workplace. It’s important to choose the fundraising activity that is right for you depending on your interests, skills, free-time and your health.
If you have previous experience of an eating disorder or are in recovery, it’s especially important that you choose the fundraising activity that is right for you. Please ensure you put your own health first and don’t take part in any fundraising activity that could put your health and wellbeing in jeopardy.
If you are currently suffering with an eating disorder, we strongly recommend that you:
Remember, fundraising should always be an enjoyable, empowering experience and it should never impact negatively on your physical or mental health.
Our friendly fundraising team is here to help you find the right event for you. Get in touch on 01603 753308 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Taking on a sporting challenge such as a run, cycle or a trek can be an extremely enjoyable, empowering experience and we know that for many of our supporters it is a positive goal in their recovery.
However, for some people the relationship between their eating disorder and exercise can be unhealthy. If this is the case for you, we strongly discourage you from choosing a sports or endurance challenge. There are lots of other ways you can fundraise for Beat that will not pose a risk to your recovery.
Remember, if you are taking on a sports or endurance challenge for Beat you have a responsibility to promote a positive, healthy relationship with exercise.
If you have any current health issues or previous experience of an eating disorder, always seek advice from your doctor before signing up to a sports or endurance challenge.
Before choosing to take part in any extreme sport challenge it is essential that you know and understand the risks. Please ensure you read through the organiser’s guidance carefully before booking.
The third party event organiser we use for skydives is called Skyline. They have their own procedures in place to manage risk and establish if you are safe to jump, including a medical form which must be completed. You can find out more about Skyline’s procedures here.
At certain airfields used by Skyline, there are height and weight limits for safety reasons. This means, you may be weighed on the day of your jump. You should never use the weight limit as a goal without seeking professional help and support to do this. The NICE guidelines advise that a person in recovery from binge eating disorder, should not try to lose weight (for example by dieting) during treatment, because this is likely to trigger their eating disorder.
If you have experience of Bulimia or Anorexia it’s important to remember that skydiving is an extreme sport and there are risk factors linked to osteoporosis, heart conditions and blood conditions.
Whilst it’s great to be creative with your fundraising ideas, it is important that your fundraising does not trivialise or undermine eating disorders. They are serious mental illnesses that can have a profound effect upon the person suffering and their family members.
Therefore, Beat will not accept donations from any fundraising activities that involves the following:
Whether you’re taking on a challenge or organising your own event, please ensure your health and wellbeing always takes priority over your fundraising. Be careful not to take on too much or put pressure on yourself, remember fundraising should be fun!
Ask your family and friends to support you with your plans, to be there to cheer you on or help you out on the day. The best fundraisers have a strong support network behind them.
If you become unwell after deciding to take part in an event, you should withdraw from fundraising. Your health is the most important thing to us, so please don’t worry, no matter how far into your fundraising you are. We have always found that donors are very understanding.
Although goals can be an important part of recovery, we do not recommend linking your recovery goals with your fundraising. This can trigger feelings of additional pressure after receiving donations directly linked to controlling certain behaviours.
If you are fundraising for Beat and would like to use our logo, please use the In Support of Beat logo which can be downloaded here.
If you are under 18, please provide written permission from your parents/guardians or teachers to they are fully aware of any fundraising activities you have planned, whether they involve exercise or not.
Please note, under 18s must not fundraise through street and house to house collections, raffles, or an event involving alcohol.
Children under 16 must not be left with overall responsibility for handling money and/or counting collected money.
Beat does not accept any responsibility or liability for your fundraising activity.
If you have any questions about your fundraising please contact the Fundraising Team on email@example.com or 01603 753308 and they will be happy to help.