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PM awards Tastelife founders

Last month, the Prime Minister recognised Di Archer (a member of St John's, Kenilworth) and Jean Hart from Southampton, for supporting people who struggle with an eating disorder.

Di, an adult education writer and theologian, and Jean, a trained eating disorder counsellor founded 'Tastelife' in 2013, a charity providing tools for recovery for those with eating disorders. After they struggled to find support for their daughters who both had eating disorders, Jean and Di worked to develop a course to support both sufferers and their carers. 

Following extensive research and guidance from Dr Ros Simpson, a local GP and medical teacher, the 'tastelife' course was published in July 2013 after substantial piloting. The eight weekly sessions for sufferers and carers help families cope with the struggles of eating disorders, and can be found in 27 locations across the country. They have also developed a new 'Awareness of Eating Disorders' course that will be delivered in schools to help young people understand more about attitudes and behaviours towards food and eating. 

Jean and Di are the latest recipients of the Points of Light award, which recognises outstanding volunteers who are making a change in their community and inspiring others.

In a personal letter to Di, Prime Minister Theresa May said:

"You have both responded to the struggle of supporting daughters with eating disorders by creating a tremendous force for good. Your ambitious work with 'Tastelife' is not only providing sufferers with vital support on their path to recovery, but also giving carers and families much needed guidance in how to cope with the daily difficulties of eating disorders."

Jean and Di said:

"We are absolutely delighted that we have been chosen as 'Points of Light' for our work in combating the hideous modern curse of eating disorders. Through 'Tastelife', lives are being changed, families remade and now, with this award, news of this work will surely spread to new areas of the country."

For further information on Tastelife, see their website


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