Boys at Lancaster Royal Grammar raise more than £2,800 to beat eating disorders

Posted 09/07/2018

Pupils at Lancaster Royal Grammar School have fundraised a total of £2850 for the eating disorder charity Beat, and presented a cheque for the sum to Beat regional officer for the North West Hayley Wilkinson at a ceremony on 27 June.

The students at the boys’ grammar school organised activities including an auction, a non-uniform day, quizzes and raffles, and races.

Boys often face barriers to getting treatment for eating disorders because of stigma and misunderstanding about who gets an eating disorder. Beat is working to raise awareness of the fact that anyone, of any gender, age or background, can develop an eating disorder.

An estimated 1.25 million people in the UK suffer from an eating disorder and up to 25% of those are men and boys. Children at school age are most at risk, with the highest proportion of new cases each year being among 15 – 19 year olds for both boys and girls.

Research shows that the sooner someone gets treatment for an eating disorder, the more chance they have of recovering. Schools have a key role to play in identifying eating disorders and supporting sufferers. Beat has developed resources specifically to raise awareness in schools and also offers training for education professionals.

Hayley Wilkinson from Beat said, “Lancaster Royal Grammar have been fantastic in helping to ensure that eating disorder sufferers get support. The money they have raised means we can help more people through our helpline and by raising awareness in schools and training teachers and doctors.

“Eating disorders do not discriminate and anyone can suffer. Lancaster Royal Grammar are challenging the stigma that surrounds these terrible illnesses.

“Last year Beat directly supported over 17,000 people and this year we are hoping to help more than 29,000. The dedication of Lancaster Royal Grammar and other fundraisers is essential in achieving that goal.”

Headmaster Dr Chris Pyle said: “I am delighted that our pupils were able to meet with representatives from the local, national and international charities that were nominated this year. Hearing from them what the donations will be spent on reminds us why we support them and shows we are genuinely looking out for our community.”

Notes to editors

  • Beat is the UK’s eating disorder charity. The organisation is a champion, guide and friend to anyone affected by eating disorders, giving individuals experiencing an eating disorder and their loved ones a place where they feel listened to, supported and empowered. More information at: beateatingdisorders.org.uk
  • NHS figures show the number of admissions to hospital with a primary or secondary diagnosis has almost doubled over the past six years. Current NICE guidelines state that 'the risk is highest for young men and women between 13 and 17 years of age'.
  • Beat’s TIPS poster campaign highlights six early signs of an eating disorder: https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/uploads/documents/2017/9/tips-poster.pdf
  • More people with anorexia nervosa die as a result of their illness than is the case for any other any mental health condition. Other eating disorders also have high mortality rates.
  • A report by Beat published in November showed that on average there is a delay of 176 weeks between the first signs of an eating disorder and someone beginning treatment. 149 weeks (almost three years) is taken up before seeing a GP. For children, the average wait is 130 weeks, including 69 weeks before they realise they are ill and a further 39 weeks before they seek help. 

Contact information:

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

 

Hayley receives cheque from Lancaster Royal Grammar