Eating Disorder Charity Gets Grant Boost

8 September 2011, 16:06 | Updated: 8 September 2011, 17:03

More people in Norfolk and Suffolk are going to be able to get help with eating disorders from a local based charity.

Beat, who are an eating disorder charity, help and support people who suffer from illnesses like Anorexia and Bulimia, have been given an extra grant so they can continue their work.

The grant of £51,000 is from health care provider Simplyhealth, and will be used to support people affected by the disorder to help them return to education, work or re-connect with their own lives.

The charity will use the money to train young people that have been affected by the disorder and turn them in to mentors to help others that are experiencing what they have already been through. They are hoping to train around 6000 new mentors.

Ambassador Jamie has been telling Heart how it's important to be able to talk to someone who has had a similar experience, "Before I was involved with Beat I didn't know of anyone with an eating disorder but through going to the training events I've been able to meet people that understand what I've been through. Quite a lot of people don't understand unless they've been through it themselves".

Beat Young Ambassador, Jamie.