While working on Bit of Sunshine, we have worked with Beat, the UK's leading eating disorder charity, and have followed their guidelines in the making and marketing of this show. We run a collection after every performance to support the incredible and vital work they do to support anyone affected by an eating disorder or difficulties with food, weight and shape.
Since 1989, Beat have been committed to supporting those affected by eating disorders and working towards their vision: eating disorders will be overcome. Beat’s aims are:
To change the way everyone thinks and talks about eating disorders
To improve the way services and treatment are provided
And to help anyone believe that their eating disorder can be overcome.
Beat provide information and support through Helplines, which people can call, text or email; online support including information, message boards and online support groups; and Helpfinder, an online directory of support services.
We believe the work that Beat do is utterly vital, and the aims of the piece are strongly aligned. Challenging stereotypes and breaking the stigma associated with eating disorders is as important a challenge as overcoming the disorders themselves. It was one of our proudest moments, as a company, to hear audiences agreeing with Ed Fringe Review, who said Bit of Sunshine "helps to break the stigma surrounding mental illnesses such as bulimia." It is down to the generosity of all the charity's supporters that Beat can provide support to anyone affected by an eating disorder or difficulties with food, weight and shape.
During our runs at the Edinburgh Fringe and Theatre503 we were proud to be raising money for Beat through generous donations from our audience.