A consultant psychiatrist at NHS Forth Valley’s eating disorder service aims to run the 26.2 mile course of the Glencoe Marathon - to boost a vital charity cause.
Dr Stephen Anderson is taking on the challenge on September 30, which also involves running 1600 metres uphill, in a bid to raise funds for UK eating disorder charity Beat, while also raising awareness of what the illness is all about.
He said: “Eating disorders are complex mental and physical disorders and can be very difficult to recover from.
“There is often a perception that these disorders are all about weight and that the person has somehow chosen to be like this, and that is not the case at all.
“It is a genuine privilege being able to work with people in their recovery from these horrible illnesses but they generally need more support than we can provide within our eating disorder service”.
He added: “Patients and their loved ones need more support, and Beat provides a variety of options that people can access.
“I am keen to help increase awareness of the support offered by Beat and to raise money to help Beat continue to deliver this support locally.”
An estimated 1.25 million people in the UK suffer from serious mental illnesses that include binge eating disorder, anorexia, bulimia and other types.
Dr Nabila Muzaffar, NHS Forth Valley’s Clinical Director for Mental Health Services, said: “Stephen is a popular doctor and passionate about developing our local eating disorder service. We are confident he will do well and wish him the very best of luck on the day.”
Beat’s National Officer for Scotland Sara Preston said: “Stephen’s effort will help ensure anyone affected by these dreadful illnesses can receive timely and effective treatment.
“Last year Beat directly supported over 17,000 people and this year we are hoping to help more than 40,000.
“The dedication of Stephen and other fundraisers and doctors like him is essential in achieving that goal.”
Dr Anderson’s fundraising page is at https://www.justgiving.com/stephenanderson1