Fundraising ball set to honour the memory of Dr Mel Spooner

Posted 28/02/2020

This May, parents Robert and Jane Spooner will kick off a series of fundraising events in support of Beat with a glittering charity ball.

Robert and Jane are hosting this event, and the ones to come, in commemoration of their daughter Dr Mel Spooner. Dr Mel would have turned 40 in 2021, had she not sadly lost her life to anorexia in 2011, and Robert and Jane now have set themselves the ambitious target of raising at least £40,000 in total.

The ball will be held at 6:30pm on Saturday 16th May 2020, at Stratford Manor Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon. Guests are invited to enjoy a delicious three-course meal, participate in a raffle and auction with fabulous prizes to be won, and after all that, dance the night away with live music from the band Co.UK.

The money raised from this, and the Spooners’ forthcoming events, will go towards funding Beat’s Spotting the Signs and Bridging the Gap courses, which train education professionals to identify and support students vulnerable to eating disorders.

Robert says: ‘In 2011 our daughter Mel lost her 17-year battle with anorexia. Beat’s findings that it takes three and a half years, on average, for someone to start getting help was shocking and whilst there are sufferers of all ages, for many that fearful journey starts whilst at school. So where better than there for someone to be trained to spot the earliest signs and steer the sufferer to help? The sooner intervention comes, the sooner and better the recovery will be.’

Jane says: ‘A couple of years ago, I was thinking that in May 2021 Mel would have been 40 and a bonkers idea came to mind. Instead of seeing the date as a negative, I decided to turn this to a positive – why not raise at least £40,000 for Beat from May 2020 - May 2021?

‘Fortunately, my family were all for it. A ball at the start and end of the year seemed a fun way of celebrating Mel’s life, while raising money for Beat at the same time.'

Beat’s Philanthropy Manager, Jessica Scoot, says, ‘We are incredibly grateful that Robert and Jane have chosen to support Beat in honour of their daughter Dr Mel. The ball will be a fantastic event, and every penny raised will go towards vital training courses to help school and university staff spot the early signs of eating disorders.’

For more information, and to buy your ticket, click here.

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