Students raise critical awareness of male eating disorders

Six College students have raised over £100 for BEAT Eating Disorders by organising a tombola, guess the number of socks, and lunchtime collections.

Pat Ayres, who received the donation on behalf of the charity’s local Cirencester group, stressed the importance that male students were behind the fundraiser.

“It’s really nice that the male students got involved because men are the ones who hold back and find it difficult to talk about their problems,” said Pat.

According to the charity, 25% of those who are affected by eating disorders – including bulimia, anorexia and binge eating – are men while young women aged 12-20 years old, are the most at risk age group.

The fundraising was part of the College’s Employability Skills initiative, which prepares students for the workplace.

“The students were out of their comfort zone during parts of the fundraising activity which has really helped their confidence,” said Progression Tutor, Sian Henderson.

Students chose BEAT after hearing from a member of staff who had personally been affected by a family experience.

“It feels really great to know we’re helping and putting money towards such a worthy cause,” said student Bradley.

Charlie, added: “It was good because all the staff and students turned out in high numbers on the day.”

Pat wanted to thank the students for their hard work volunteering: “I’m absolutely chuffed that the students have once again has chosen to support their local group.”

For anyone affected by eating disorders, Pat runs a support group in Cirencester on the first Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm. Meetings are held at St. Peters lounge, St. Peters Court, GL7 1RZ. Further details in confidence from 01285 770385 or ayrescares50@gmail.com. All are welcome.