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Leigh Best Runner Up in the Social Impact Category

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NOMINATED for her work in the field of eating disorders, Leigh, a children’s psychotherapist and lecturer in counselling, formed the voluntary group “Talking Eating Disorders” (TEDS) in Liverpool 12 years ago.

During this time, she has worked tirelessly to raise awareness and provide information and support to anyone with an eating disorder, to Healthcare Professionals, and also the Parents and Carers of sufferers.

She has realised that many people will not engage in the services that the NHS provide, so her and her small team of volunteers operate a befriending service, listening to anyone affected. She has provided training and mentoring, all on a voluntary basis, developed and delivered Body Image workshops in schools, and she arranged the first Eating Disorders Health conference at Liverpool John Moores University in 2009.

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