STAFFORD journalist Sarah Robertson is celebrating after being honoured for her work for an eating disorders charity.
Miss Robertson, aged 29, was presented with a National Campaigning Award by national charity Beat at a House of Commons celebration of the charity’s 25th anniversary.
A freelance journalist currently working for Radio Stoke, she was diagnosed with anorexia in her mid-20s after struggling with eating problems for some years and has since become an active campaigner raising awareness of the illness, fund-raising and lobbying Parliament
A Beat spokeswoman said: “Sarah is a passionate and powerful champion and an inspiration to many.
“Still recovering from anorexia she spends much of her time campaigning on behalf of others affected by the illness.”
Miss Robertson said her win was completely unexpected.
“I was honoured to even be nominated, but to go on to win the award was completely unexpected, especially being in such a strong category,” she said. “It was a wonderful evening and the other winners were all inspirational to be around.”
During her visit to London she also donated her DNA to Charlotte’s Helix, an international research campaign to get 25,000 samples help understand the genetic roots of anorexia.
“The science behind the illness will help break down the stigma surrounding anorexia,” Miss Robertson explained.
She also spoke with MP Caroline Nokes, who hosted the event and chairs the all-party group on eating disorders, Brooks Newmark MP, who himself has suffered from anorexia, and Stafford MP Jeremy Lefroy.
“I plan on working with them all to ensure that eating disorders remain on the Government’s agenda,” she said.
“It’s vital that the stigma around all eating disorders is broken down because they are serious mental health issues which can be prevented.
“I hope to keep working with Jeremy in Stafford to improve awareness and education for many more years to come.”