An ambitious A Level student from top-performing Selby College has recently returned to her studies after a two-year-long battle with anorexia, and now she hopes to make a change not only at college but in the local community.
Former Holy Family student Georgie Morrison was admitted to hospital at a critical weight in January 2017, but was able to return to college last September and restart her A Levels. Now that she has been signed off from all medical services, the 17-year-old wants to give something back to the community that helped her through such a difficult time.
As part of Eating Disorders Awareness Week from 26th February – 4th March 2018, Georgie is hosting a week-long sponsored Readathon at Selby College, and all staff and students can take part. Georgie said, “I decided to organise my 'Readathon' fundraising event as reading is one of my favourite things to do. Due to my illness, my concentration suffered immensely and I found I could not read anything and retain anything I read, and this upset me deeply. Reading has always been a passion of mine and it is one of the main reasons I chose to recover.”
During one of his recent visits to the college, Georgie grabbed the opportunity to ask Selby & Ainsty MP Nigel Adams for his support with not only her fundraising event, but also for help with raising awareness of the disease in the local community.
Nigel said: “I’m delighted to support Georgie’s Readathon which will raise funds for a great cause. Georgie is an incredibly brave young woman who has battled and beaten a serious condition which affects so many young people. She now wants to help others with eating disorders and I know her story will be a great support to many. Her friends and family should be so proud of what she is doing.”
The English Literature student is encouraging anyone who picks up a book during this time to donate any amount of money to this worthy cause, which she believes helped to save her life. She added, “I hope you can all get involved and help to raise money for the charity Beat to raise awareness of this nasty illness and help keep this fantastic support system up and running. What I’ve been through has brought out the best in me. I am so much more confident now and really eager to make a change.”
To sponsor Georgie, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/georgie-morrison1.
Beat is the UK’s leading charity supporting anyone affected by eating disorders, anorexia, bulimia, EDNOS or any other difficulties with food, weight and shape.
Published: Thursday 22 Feb 2018