Ex anorexia sufferer wins trip to America to study eating disorder treatments

Beat charity CEO Andrew Radford with founder Nancy Pearce OBE and Sara Preston, Beat's young people'

Beat charity CEO Andrew Radford with founder Nancy Pearce OBE and Sara Preston, Beat's young people's participation officer.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

When Sara Preston suffered from anorexia as a teenager little did she know - years later - she would get paid to carry out vital research work on eating disorders in USA.

But since overcoming her illness Miss Preston, now 28, is using her experiences as a springboard to help others with eating conditions - resulting in a scholarship across the pond worth thousands of pounds.

Miss Preston, who works for Norwich-based national charity Beat, will visit USA and Canada to study the research and treatment carried out there after getting money from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

In a fitting coincidence she will follow in the footsteps of Beat founder Nancy Pierce, of Surlingham, who secured a similar scholarship to USA the same year that Miss Preston was born.

'Looking back ten years ago I would never then have thought I'd be getting a scholarship like this,' Miss Preston said.

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'It means an awful lot to me.'

She had anorexia between the ages of 13-25, and now works with other young people with the disorder.

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Her scholarship in September, worth £7,000, will last six weeks. For more information on Beat call 0300 123 3355 or email info@b-eat.co.uk

Have you got a story about eating disorders? Email nicholas.carding@archant.co.uk

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