Students raise money for local Eating Disorders Group

Students on the Works4Me programme at Cirencester Sixth Form College have recently been working hard to raise money for their local Beating Eating Disorders (BEAT) Group in Cirencester.

National Eating Disorders Week has in recent years been a time where students raise awareness of this very complex disorder. They do this by getting involved in this fundraising event and learning that Eating Disorders can affect anybody regardless of age, gender or culture.  It is  believed that approximately 1.25 million people in the UK have an eating disorder and early intervention in treatment is vital.

This year an enthusiastic group of Works4Me students got involved by organising a really successful tombola event and by dressing up in jazzy socks to collect money for the ‘Sock It to eating disorders’ campaign.  These two events raised an incredible £250.

Pat Ayres, Cirencester coordinator for BEAT said, “Once again I am grateful to Cirencester College for supporting the national BEAT Eating Disorders Week.  All funds will help those in need of support with an eating disorder.”

Karen Lucker, lecturer at Cirencester College explained, “The students really got behind the fundraising project taking ownership of their events, which has helped so much in confidence building.”  Karen, who has also been doing her own fundraising added “So far this year with the help of college we have raised close to £800 for BEAT.  The money we have raised will help to provide vital helplines, online support groups, message boards and training for professionals.  It will also assist the BEAT campaign for better treatment and understanding.”

Karen and her son-in-law Lewis Hathaway, will be taking part in tandem skydive in August to raise more money for BEAT. If you would like to support them both please contact Karen at Cirencester College or donate at

To find out about more about the local BEAT support group  i.e. Cirencester Eating Disorders Support Group please email please email Pat Ayres on or or ring Pat in confidence on 01285 770385.