I am a Patron of PEDS and became involved with the charity when Mandy & Sue got in touch with me after reading my book about my own lived experience of an eating disorder. I learnt about the ethos of PEDS and their Mission, which is to help sufferers to "Build a Life to Get Well for" and throughout COVID, became more interested and involved in the work they were doing and was very inspired to hear that PEDS is a unique, Nurse led charity. I was shocked by the number of people struggling to cope with eating disorders and the huge rise in referrals both during and following the pandemic and wanted to know more so I went to meet with PEDS and interviewed a number of sufferers and their families. I could see the difference the charity had made to these people's lives and could also see what a need there is for early intervention. I look forward to being part of PEDS as it continues to grow and reach more people."