Beat beating eating disorders


Beat is the UK’s eating disorder charity. Our vision is an end to the pain and suffering caused by eating disorders. We have been a champion, guide and friend to anyone affected by these serious mental illnesses since our founding in 1989 as the Eating Disorders Association, giving sufferers and their loved ones a place where they feel listened to, supported, and empowered.

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Charlotte's Helix Project

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Charlotte's Helix is an international collaboration seeking to bring the AN25K genetics initiative to the UK, in honor of the eating disorder advocacy work of Charlotte Bevan. Beat administers Charlotte's Helix as a restricted fund.

The goal of Charlotte’s Helix is to add at least 1,000 DNA samples from individuals with a lifetime history of anorexia nervosa in the UK to this international genetics initiative. Under the direction of Professor Cynthia Bulik, AN25K has the ambitious goal of collecting 25,000 DNA samples in order to"crack the code" that makes some people predisposed to an eating disorder. 

What is Charlotte’s Helix? It is all of us: individuals and organizations and institutions who are connected to Charlotte in any way. Some of us know her as a dear friend, others have had the benefit of her voice on the phone during a difficult time; still others have gotten to know her through her courageous media interviews or her vibrant online presence.   

How can we thank Charlotte for being there for all of us? We can support the project she believes in and join together to make it happen. Our efforts, like the Helix, will have two arms: fundraising to pay the expenses for collection and analysis of DNA; and recruiting patients and former patients for the study. Both arms are essential for success and we will need the help of everyone who is willing.

Why a “Helix?” The helix shape is widely recognized to symbolize the structure of DNA. Although most of us have never actually seen DNA, we recognize it as that which defines who we are. Charlotte has touched and connected to countless people in her life, in and out of the eating disorders community. Her legacy will continue through those lives she has helped save, the families she has supported, the professionals with whom she has worked, and the friendships she has forged: friends who will carry on her work.

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29.07.14 This is an excellent thing and we must reach the target!


23.07.14 From Fran Hayter and Paul Collier



15.07.14 Happy Birthday Charlotte xx


11.07.14 Birthday memory donation for Charlotte

28.06.14 This is my birthday money, promised as a gift for Charlotte, when she passed away. Think about you often Charlotte and the amazing legacy you have left us. Much love x



27.03.14 Happy to support a very worthy project. Thank you Erica for telling us about it .

06.03.14 From all of us who just loved you to bits Charlotte. The Sydney Australia Contingent of the Charlotte Fan Club

06.03.14 This is the profit made from creating and selling 19 Charlottes helix tshirts. Sorry it didn't make more, but I guess every little counts. In memory of dear Charlotte - an inspiration to us all x

30.01.14 In Memory of a wonderful woman Charlotte, in aid of Charlottes Helix.

29.01.14 I hope that we can achieve your dream xx Sarah, Duncan and Kirstin

27.01.14 From Uncle John & Auntie Annie in Adelaide

19.01.14 In memory of Charlotte Bevan. We will not forget you x

16.01.14 In memory of a true Amazonian!

13.01.14 For Charlotte x

13.01.14 In loving memory of The Most Amazing Woman.

13.01.14 For Charlotte


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