Axe Valley Choir raises money for eating disorders unit

PUBLISHED: 07:01 11 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:04 17 April 2018

Pippa Anning (centre, with cheque), Allison McIntyre ward manager (middle,right) at The Haldon with members of the choir, patients and staff. Picture SUBMITTED

Pippa Anning (centre, with cheque), Allison McIntyre ward manager (middle,right) at The Haldon with members of the choir, patients and staff. Picture SUBMITTED

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Singers back member Pippa in thanking Exeter’s Haldon centre team for their care

The Axe Valley Community Choir has raised £2,000 to help support the vital care provided to local people at The Haldon eating disorder unit in Exeter.

Former Haldon patient and member of the choir, Pippa Anning, presented the cheque.

She wanted to give something back to the people who had given back her life.

She said: “The support that I’ve received from the staff has been simply amazing and has meant everything to me. I want to help make it an even better place for patients and the staff.”

Musical Director Edward Jacobs said: “Our choir is not only about celebrating music, but about providing support for our community and encouraging people to push themselves. Recovery stories like Pippa’s are one of the reasons why this choir exists and we were privileged to support her.”

The choir decided that proceeds from a charity Concert at The Minster, in Axminster, in December, should be donated to The Haldon. The amount raised was over £1,500 but all members agreed that this should be made up to £2,000.

Allison McIntyre, Ward Manager, said: “It’s great to see people like Pippa come back in such a positive sense and for our staff to see first-hand the impact of their hard work and how it transforms lives.”

A cheque presentation was held at Haldon on March 26 and was attended by Pippa Anning, Shirley Williams, Edward Jacobs and Jan Jones from the Axe Valley Community Choir.

The Haldon is the home of a specialist eating disorder service that helps treat people with severe problems. Most people with an eating disorder will be treated in the community by their GP and community mental health teams, which is often sufficient for them to begin to make positive changes to their lives.

However, some people may require admission to a specialist centre, like The Haldon, as part of their longer term care plan.

Opened in 2006, The Haldon provides support and care for up to 20 patients at any one time. The service is aimed at people with severe eating disorders, and provides care on a residential and non-residential basis.

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