20 February

Announcement: Our 2014 Charity is Freed Beeches

PRESS RELEASE

Nottingham Hellfire Harlots to Support Freed Beeches Charity in 2014

Nottingham roller derby team the Hellfire Harlots have announced that they will be supporting eating disorder charity, FREED Beeches throughout 2014.

As an all-female league, the team have found time again that skaters come to them having had their own struggle with their weight and/or appearance so the Nottingham Hellfire Harlots are challenging these issues.

The Nottingham-based sports team will be running various fundraisers throughout the year as well as donating 20% of the money raised from raffles at their home bouts this year.

Head of PR and Charities for the Hellfire Harlots, Jenny Jones a.k.a. F’inn Furious commented, “When skaters come to us we find they are worried that they are the wrong size or shape for roller derby. The truth is, roller derby needs women of all shapes and sizes from girls who are less than 5 foot tall and slight to ladies of Amazonian proportions!

“We want to help people realise that we don’t care about your shape, we’re more excited about the great stuff your body can do on the track rather than what it looks like and by working with FREED Beeches we can do much more to achieve that.”

The Board of Trustees at FREED Beeches added, “We’re delighted to have been chosen by the dynamic Nottingham Hellfire Harlots as their 2014 Charity of the Year as the team is as keen as we are to promote positive body image.

“It is heartening to see that in today’s climate where the pursuit of thinness over fitness often prevails, the team is sending out such a positive message. Their support will not only help us raise much needed funds but also help to spread this very healthy way of thinking to young people.”

Eating disorders have a devastating effect not only on those who suffer but their friends, families and colleagues. The Department of Health publishes figures on the cases they are aware of (people receiving NHS treatment) but the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) estimate that there could be 1.6 million people in the UK suffering from an eating disorder.

There are many reasons why men and women develop eating disorders but the Nottingham Hellfire Harlots are looking to show everybody that roller derby is an inclusive sport that encourages body confidence and positivity.

To find out more about how the Hellfire Harlots plan to support FREED Beeches over 2014, check out their website www.hellfire-harlots.co.uk.

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About FREED Beeches

FREED Beeches is a free service for adults and adolescents aged 14+ who are suffering from Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder and EDNOS.

The charity offers a range of services to men and women including counselling, psychotherapy, complementary therapies and dietetics advice.

You can find out more by visiting their website http://www.freedbeeches.org.uk/