As regular readers may remember, I recently met with representatives of Beat, the UK’s leading charity providing help and support to people suffering from eating disorders.
Beat are a charity I have come to know well and, as the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Body Image, I have seen the difference they make to the lives of people who suffer from the largely unknown mental health condition’s which form eating disorders.
I have therefore chosen to raise money for this deserving charity by running the Great South Run in October. The course is 10 miles long and begins near the Portsmouth War Memorial before weaving through the streets of the city, past the Spinnaker Tower, HMS Victory and the Historic Dockyard before heading toward Southsea and the Esplanade. I am not a professional runner and this will be an interesting challenge, but one that I am looking forward to in the hope of raising awareness of, and funds for, this fantastic charity.
I have already begun a training schedule which – I hope – will prepare me for the run. While it will certainly be tiring, the course has an end in sight – the constant feeling of exhaustion experienced by sufferers of Anorexia Nervosa or Bulimia does not and without help from charities like Beat, many people suffer in silence.
I am delighted by the progress which has already been made in recognising eating disorders as mental health conditions, however much more needs to be done to help the thousands of people of both sexes and all ages, who are affected.
You can keep track of my training by visiting my Facebook page or Twitter profile and you can donate to my campaign by going to www.justgiving.com/carolinenokes. Next week I shall return to writing about my work in Parliament, however in the meantime, please help by supporting me in raising funds for such a worthwhile and important charity.