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Leading housebuilder David Wilson Homes has donated £1,500 to Derby-based mental health charity, First Steps ED, which provides a variety of support services to people affected by eating disorders.

The funds donated will help to increase the number of support services available to those recovering from eating disorders, as well as helping to develop resources for patients and their families to access from home.

The donation came as part of the Barratt Developments Plc Charitable Foundation, which is designed to support national and local charities, large and small, across the UK to leave a legacy in the communities in which the housebuilder operates.

Lucy Robinson, Marketing and Communications Manager at First Steps ED, said:

“The pandemic caused a huge rise in referrals at First Steps ED – a demand which continues to rise today.

“As a charity, we are funded by the generosity of people whose contributions allow us to provide free services or services at a low cost to individuals and families throughout the East Midlands and further afield.

“The donation from David Wilson Homes will enable us to continue supporting those battling with eating disorders and advocate for early intervention and prevention to protect future generations.”

It is estimated that there are currently 1.25 million people suffering with an eating disorder in the UK, and although not known by many, they have the highest mortality rate of any other mental health illness.

Recovery from an eating disorder is possible, but many individuals often delay diagnosis or treatment due to misinformation, stigma or fear of discrimination.

First Steps ED has a team of ‘experts by experience’, who understand the impact of eating disorders on both the individual and their families as a result of their own experiences with food-related illnesses.

Since 2004, the charity has built a reputation as one of the leading eating disorder charities in the UK.

John Reddington, Managing Director at David Wilson Homes East Midlands, said:

“At David Wilson Homes, we make a conscious effort to have a positive impact on the communities in which we build.

“We’re very pleased to hear that our donation will make a difference to First Steps ED, and hope that it enables the charity to improve and maintain the vital services it provides to those struggling with low self-esteem and eating disorders.”

For more information on First Steps ED or to make a donation, visit the charity’s website -

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