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Dad fundraising in memory of daughter

Maisie Jeynes 26th Aug, 2017

A DAD who lost his daughter to anorexia is organising fundraising events in her memory.

Mel Spooner died from anorexia six years ago.

Her father Robert, who lives in Stratford, said: “For many years eating disorders have been hidden away, never spoken about just like cancer was 50 years ago.

“Even though we live in a world full of communication, so many of those surrounding sufferers still keep silent fearing others will blame and judge them on what is no less their fault than being involved with someone who has MS, heart problems or that so much now accepted illness – cancer.”

Melanie was a talented student, studying medicine at Cambridge University before going on to work as a paediatrician.

But she had suffered from anorexia since she was 13 and when she died at her home in London, aged 30, she weighed less than four stone.

Robert and his wife Jane have arranged two ‘Walk & Talk’ events to raise money for Beat, a UK based eating disorder charity.

The first two mile walk is on Saturday September 2 and starts at 11am from the bandstand on the recreation ground in Stratford.

Another walk is planned at Compton Verney (admission fees apply) on Saturday September 16.

Robert explained: “The walks are an opportunity to meet and talk to others who will understand and be living the same daily issues, and should you wish to donate to Beat all the better.”

Email to take part and for further details.

Visit to donate towards Beat.


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