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Patients and staff at Priory’s flagship Roehampton Hospital, in Priory Lane, Roehampton, South West London, helped raise more than £250 for Beat – the eating disorders charity.

Several patients had personally used Beat’s services and found them useful, so wanted to raise awareness and funds for the charity. Those being treated in the hospital’s adolescent and adult eating disorder units joined with staff to raise the money by making and selling lavender bags, knitting socks and painting nails for staff and members of the public.

As well as the fundraising, an awareness event helped generate important discussion on this year’s national theme around eating disorders, ‘eating disorders in the workplace’. Two ambassadors from Beat attended Priory to collect the cheque from the hospital. They discussed ‘eating disorders in the workplace’, inviting everyone to share their experiences. One Beat ambassador, Maria, shared her journey through treatment and recovery and thanked Priory patients and staff for their fundraising efforts.

One in 85 people in the UK is affected by an eating disorder, some 725,000. These illnesses have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric condition. Early intervention is crucial in saving lives. Beat often provides the first point of contact, guiding and supporting people in accessing the eating disorder treatment they need. The charity is in direct contact with over 200,000 people a year through its helplines.

Many of Priory’s hospitals offer dedicated services for children and young people aged 12 and above. Priory Hospital Chelmsford also accepts children from the age of 10.

All Priory Adult Eating Disorder Services across nine hospitals have now achieved a Quality Network for Eating Disorders (QED) accreditation, which places them at the forefront of eating disorder service delivery in the UK.

Roger Skipp, Hospital Director at Priory Hospital Roehampton, said: “I am so proud with the hospital's fundraising efforts. Being a specialist hospital, we understand the importance of a charity such as Beat in creating awareness around key mental health issues. Community engagement is at the heart of the hospital’s ethos, and I am honoured to work alongside people that understand this and are always willing to go the extra mile, even when they are sometimes ill themselves.”

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