A Concord student who wants to be a doctor has been talking to fellow students about her own personal battle with anorexia. Sixth former Lottie Cansdale is running the Shrewsbury 10 k on March 19 to raise money for BEAT, a charity supporting those with eating disorders.
Her fundraising has also surpassed the £600 target she set to pay for a day’s running of the charity’s helpline.
She has given two talks in assembly in which she outlined her personal experience of an eating disorder which was first diagnosed in the summer prior to her joining Concord in 2015. She underwent treatment on the National Health Service and was discharged three months ago.
She said she wanted to help other young people struggling with eating disorders and it was important to raise awareness of the issue.
Her message: if you have an eating disorder, get help. “I wanted to raise the issue openly because although lots of people suffer from an eating disorder they don’t talk about it.
“It is important to have an early intervention for a better prognosis and treatment.
“The college library has a collection of books to help young people tackle different issues with their health, one of which is eating disorders.”
Lottie who lives in Shrewsbury, has an offer to study medicine at Oxford University.