Fabulous fundraiser, Ruth, is a Beacon of hope


Former patient Ruth Beacon returned to Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust's S3 eating disorder ward at Addenbrooke's Hospital to present staff with a cheque for more than £500 to thank them for helping her overcome her anorexia. Ruth was admitted in 2014 and spent seven months on the ward. At the time she was close to the end of a teaching degree. She did later finish her qualifications, but never forgot the kindness of S3 staff. After leaving the ward, she took up running and recently completed the Royal Parks Half Marathon in London, running in aid of Head to Toe, the charity for S3 Ward and CPFT as whole. All the money she has raised will used to improve facilities at the ward for patients and staff. Ruth - pictured above with service manager Jane Poppitt, ward manager Jane Waterston, and her parents - is close to completing a second degree in occupational therapy after being inspired by OTs she met while she was a patient.

Ruth told her inspiring recovery story on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire on Wednesday 21 November during a debate on the treatment of eating disorders. She appeared on the Chris Mann programme along with Harriet Few, CPFT's Highly Specialised Eating Disorder Counselling Practitioner. The interviews took place in the first hour of the programme here.

Her full story can be read on the Latest News section of CPFT's website shortly.


Like Ruth, if you would like to say thank you or show your support for people battling eating disorders across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Norfolk you can make a donation securely online by clicking the button below:

The page was last updated on 23 November 2018 by cjones.

Head to Toe Charity

Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF
T 01223 219708
E charity@cpft.nhs.uk

Registered Charity No. 1099485

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