14 March 2019

Moving recovery journeys and support available have been shared through a successful Bedford event as part of Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2019.

Teams from the Trust worked with partners to host the event at The Higgins in Bedford on March 2.

The recovery fair event was coordinated by former Trust Governor Hannah Brown, who is on her own anorexia recovery journey and provides peer support for others with eating disorders through An Ear to Hear.

Its aim was to promote open and healthy discussion about eating disorders and included workshops, guest speakers and a performance of Eat Me - a play written and directed by a recovering eating disorder sufferer.

The Trust’s Bedfordshire and Luton Child and Adult Community Eating Disorder Services and Bedfordshire and Luton Recovery College were involved on the day along with an Ear to Hear, Mind BLMK, Caraline - a local charity offering therapy for eating disorders for 25 years - and Carers’ Eating Disorders Association (CEDA).

More than 100 people attended the fair.

"It was great that we were able to come together for this year's EDAW, connecting people with eating disorders and their families with people who can help,” said Dr Nick Hawkes, Head of Service for the adult community eating disorders team.

Hannah thanked everyone involved in the event.

“This was a hugely positive event that really instilled a sense of hope," she added.

Eating Disorder Awareness Week ran from the 25th February to 2nd March 2019.

* Photograph by Tallulah Self