UEA student dares 160ft bungee jump to fundraise for eating disorder charity
Jodie Rowson, a 19-year-old studying History in Norwich, will jump 160ft from the O2 Tower in London on 22 July in aid of the UK’s eating disorder charity Beat. Jodie has already beaten her target of raising £500 for the charity and is now aiming to raise as much as possible.
Speaking about her challenge and why she wants to fundraise for Beat, Jodie said: “My dance teacher and close friend of ten years lost her sister to anorexia. I’ve always wanted to raise money for charity and there is no better cause or person I could support in doing so.
“Beat provides so much support for those who are suffering and their families, so I hope by doing this bungee jump I will raise more awareness about the incredible work the charity offers.”
An estimated 1.25 million people in the UK suffer from an eating disorder. Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses but research by Beat shows it takes an average of three and half years before someone get treatment after falling ill. There are no waiting times standards for adult sufferers and a lack of training for medical students on eating disorders.
Beat’s Community Fundraising Officer Emily Battersby-Case said, “Jodie is doing such important work in raising awareness and money to help ensure that eating disorder sufferers get the support they need.
“Last year Beat directly supported over 17,000 people and this year we are hoping to help more than 29,000. The dedication of Jodie and other fundraisers like her is essential in achieving that goal.”
Notes to editors
- Jodie is available for interview and can supply pictures.
- Visit Jodie’s fundraising page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jodie-rowson
- Beat is the UK’s eating disorder charity, supporting sufferers and their carers. More information at: https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/
- A report published in November by Beat showed that on average there is a delay of 176 weeks between the first signs of an eating disorder and someone beginning treatment. https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/uploads/documents/2017/11/delaying-for-years-denied-for-months.pdf
- Doctors receive an average of less than two hours of training on eating disorders over their four-six years of study: https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/news/doctors-lack-training-eating-disorders-lives-at-risk
- Beat’s Helplines, including the Studentline and Youthline, are open 365 days a year and can be accessed via phone, email or anonymous one-to-one web chat. Details at: https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/support-services/helplines
- 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.
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