AN anorexia sufferer has taken on a fundraising challenge in support of the charity which offered her so much help.

Katie Scott, 20, who lives in Crowthorne, completed a 5km inflatable obstacle course on Saturday, September 1 in aid of eating disorder charity, Beat.

Katie, who is studying Nutrition & Food Science at the University of Surrey, said: “More and more people are being hospitalised with eating disorders but they are very often not visible illnesses - which, coupled with the fear of speaking out due to stigma, can make for a totally isolating experience.

“I suffered for six years with anorexia and disordered eating, and to some extent I feel I always will. It scared and confused me and ultimately led to admission to hospital.

“If I had received help from services such as those Beat offer at an earlier stage, I may not have needed such intensive and life-altering treatment.

“I want to use the experience I went through to try and help support those going through similar struggles, and prevent them from reaching such a critical point. If this helps even one person, that’s enough for me."

Beat’s Community Fundraising Officer Emily Battersby-Case said: “Katie is doing such important work in raising awareness and money to help ensure that eating disorder sufferers get support. Her story is an inspiration to other sufferers and proves that recovery is possible.”

“Last year Beat directly supported over 17,000 people and this year we are hoping to help more than 40,000. The dedication of Katie and other fundraisers like her is essential in achieving that goal.”

To help Katie reach her £300 fundraising goal, visit