Swans money for eating disorder charity
The Swans of Wells auction has helped 21 good causes in our area.
The sale of the 60 eye-catching swans raised over £45,000 which has been distributed among community groups and charities.
The Somerset and Wessex Eating Disorders Association (SWEDA) was one of those that benefited. The charity, which supports people with eating disorders and their families or carers received a Swans of Wells grant of £3,000.
Paula Blight of SWEDA said: “We were delighted to receive the money for this often forgotten cause. We had just moved to Heads Up in Wells after being based in Street for 15 years following a huge funding cut from the NHS.
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“We lost half our income and had to reconfigure our charity so that we could still support our clients and continue to provide this much needed service in Somerset - but at a greatly reduced level. We have kept our counselling service for people with eating disorders and the helpline and hold monthly support group sessions.”
Paula says there has been a big increase in eating disorders over the last 18 months, the number has risen by 16 per cent since the funding cut, with more 14-19-year-olds seeking help.
Paula added: “Many have experienced difficulty getting help and are already seriously low weight when they come to us.”
Eating disorders (which include anorexia, bulimia, compulsive eating and a range of other eating problems) are devastating and can be life-threatening. Anorexia Nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any psychological disorder.
The next SWEDA helpline sessions will be on November 7 and 21 and December 5 and 19. Call 01749 671318 or text the helpline on 07763 740232.
The SWEDA support service operates from Heads Up (a charity supporting people with mental health based in South Horrington) and holds monthly support group sessions at the Crispin Community Centre on Leigh Road, Street. They are usually on the first Wednesday of every month. See the SWEDA website for further details: www.swedauk.org.