Two teenagers who both battled anorexia will take on a 10km run to raise funds for the charity that helped them recover.
Alaska Morrison, 17, from Bourne, and Caroline Baumber, 18, from Woodhall Spa, were both grateful for the support of charity Beat during their struggles with the eating disorder.
They both missed out on many opportunities during their adolescence as a result of anorexia and would not even have been able to run 10km without the help they had from Beat.
But they are now busy training for the Run to the Beat race at Wembley Park on September 14 and hope to raise as much money for the charity as possible.
Alaska said: “Beat is an absolutely fantastic charity who have supported us throughout our eating disorders and whilst we recover.
“Eating disorders affect 1.6m people in the UK alone, with 11 per cent of them being male - something that people don’t generally think of when an eating disorder is mentioned.
“Anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate out of all of the mental illnesses which is why supporting this amazing charity is so important because they are saving lives and improving them, because it is possible to recover.”
Without early intervention eating disorders can last for an average eight years.
This can put debilitating physical and emotional strain on the sufferer and their family.
Beat is in direct contact with more than 100,000 people a year through its helplines, message board and text services which all require funding.
With funding from Lincolnshire’s Mental Illness Prevention Fund, Beat recently expanded its support to those affected by eating disorders in the county.
Run to the Beat features DJs playing around the route and a party at the end. To sponsor the girls visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/alaska-caroline.