Award for helping people with eating disorders

Georgina Shelley

Georgina Shelley

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Georgina Shelley has been shortlisted for a British Isles-wide award for her dedication to help people overcome their eating disorders.

Georgina, who co-founded the Manx Eating Disorders Support Group, has been shortlisted for the Beat charity’s Volunteer Services for the Community Award.

And she will travel to London to attend the Volunteer Recognition Awards at the House of Commons on Wednesday next week.

Georgina, aged 42, of Santon, said: ‘This nomination is fantastic for all four volunteer facilitators at the group who contribute so much time and effort.

‘Co-founder Donna Whalley has been instrumental in setting up the group, and without her it would not be what it is today.’

At the Awards, Minister for Civil Society Nick Hurd MP will be speaking.

Georgina said: ‘It feels very special to be going to such an important and historic venue.’

The Manx Eating Disorders Support Group was set up in 2011 by Georgina and Donna Whalley. It was applauded by mental health services as a valuable resource.

Nominated anonymously, Georgina was described as ‘totally inspirational in her determination to offer direct support, raise awareness and work with service providers’ as well as being reliable and providing consistent support.

There are two support groups a month.

Individuals with eating disorders or eating issues, including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder are invited to Next Step, in Derby Square, Douglas on the first Wednesday of the month, from 6.30pm to 8pm.

And there is a carers group for parents, partners and family members, which meets at Keyll Darree Education and Training Centre, opposite Noble’s Hospital, on the third Wednesday of the month, from 6.30pm to 8pm.

Guest speakers will be invited on a regular basis from health services and private practitioners.

Following on from a stall at the Isle of Man College Health Fair in March and group open day in April, the group will have a stall at the Tynwald fair, on Tynwald Day, where there will be information displays and leaflets.

Georgina said: ‘This nomination is a milestone in my own personal journey, having had experience of an eating disorder in my late teens and 20s.

‘It was always an ambition of mine to give something back after the treatment and help I received, and to start a group one day on the Isle of Man.

‘I attended support groups myself when in the UK and found them very helpful.’

She added: ‘I hope this nomination raises further awareness and understanding of the impact and consequences of eating disorders, which unfortunately seem to be on the increase.

Contact the Manx Eating Disorders Support Group at or call 330922 (evenings).

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