One of our regular volunteers, Phoebe Webb, 21, has battled anorexia for years. This last Saturday she bravely went public by not only having a pop-up stall at the GO4 Market Cafe to raise funds for the UK Charity Beat which helps those battling eating disorders like anorexia. She also had a full-page interview in the Gazette on Friday 27th February. On the stall, Phoebe sold hand-decorated tableware to raise funds. Example can be seen in the photos.

Phoebe says in the interview that an “enormous part of of my current recovery process is volunteering at local market cafe, GO4.” She goes on to talk about how GO4 has helped her and also goes into a great deal of detail about her personal experience of battling anorexia. At GO4 we are all proud of her and of her willingness to be so frank about her experiences. She has achieved and a great deal and we really pleased to see the progress she has made since coming to GO4.

If you wish to know more about the work of Beat you can visit their website at http://www.b-eat.co.uk/ Eating disorders are a range of conditions that can affect someone physically, psychologically and socially. They are serious mental illnesses and include anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder. Over 1.6 million men and women in the UK are affected by eating disorders.

BEAT offer advice, support and have two helplines:

Adult Helpline: 0845 634 1414 or email help@b-eat.co.uk

Youthline: 0845 634 7650 or email fyp@b-eat.co.uk