Our supporters have taken part in so many different events to help raise vital funds, and their dedication and commitment has enabled us to continue protecting and saving lives.
Taking part in an event for EDA also means something very special to every one of our supporters, most of whom have been personally affected by an eating disorder and are dedicated to raising awareness of the effects on individuals and their families. Some of our supporters take part in sponsored events for EDA to honour the life of a loved one they've lost.
Here are some of the ways you can become a part of the EDA Community and Get Involved For The Person You Love:
Charity Talent Show
5K, 10K, Half Marathon or Full Marathon
Charity Fashion Show
Ben Nevis Climb
Global Adventure Challenges
If you would like to run for EDA we can send you a free running vest and fundraising materials. Join our team, wear our sunflower and Run The Road To Recovery.
If you're looking for a unique challenge in the UK or overseas, see Global Adventure Challenges at http://globaladventurechallenges.com/
If you don't see an event that inspires you and you have suggestions of your own, you can email one of the EDA team to talk through your ideas. Email us here
Hannah's Road to Recovery
"A few years ago, during a period of hospitalisation for anorexia, I remember announcing to my assigned nurse that one of my primary motivators for recovery was to run competitively again. My statement was met with derision- “surely you’ll just use the sport to burn extra calories?” She assumed that taking part in competitive sport would maintain an eating disorder, which had already robbed me of years of my life.
Well here I am a few years later, passionate about recovery and fervent about running. Granted it doesn’t work for everyone, but the sport has taught me some valuable lessons, primarily that I can only get fitter and faster if I feed my body and allow it to rest. Yes there are hard training sessions, but no self-punishment- there are few things better than training in the pouring rain, mud sometimes up to my knees, and knowing that my body is strong enough to battle through and perform at a level that I will feel good about. With a well- fed body comes a fully functioning brain, no longer clouded with fears and compulsions around body shape and food- recovery has allowed me to take the driving seat in my career.
I run for EDA because I hope to bring awareness of the charity and the outstanding work it does in helping people struggling with eating disorders and their families. More than anything I want those who have lost hope to know that recovery is possible even when a “normal life” seems unimaginable and the illness is deeply entrenched.
With time, support and a touch of pure grit, recovery can be amazing."