Charlotte Bevan joined F.E.A.S.T. in November 2009. She was an active participant and eventually a Moderator on the Around the Dinner Table forum (ATDT). Charlotte co-founded F.E.A.S.T.’s UK Task Force and, in 2013, was elected to the F.E.A.S.T. Board of Directors.
Charlotte became an active eating disorders advocate on the internet in various areas including Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In and on various blogs and newspaper articles. She developed an extensive network of ED advocates from patients and carers to professionals. She was well known for reaching out and coaching parents facing eating disorder diagnoses and looking for effective treatment.
In 2010, Charlotte started writing short animated films with another parent, Mary, whom she met on the ATDT forum. The first film was published in January 2011 and C&M ED Productions was born. C&M have their own You Tube channel (CandMedPRODUCTIONS) and to date, have had over 35,000 views of their films.
Charlotte started her own blog in November 2011 and has had some 40,000 page views since then. Charlotte was also part of the ECHO project and helped out on the New Maudsley Approach website. In November of 2012, she helped to organise a conference in the UK in conjunction with Janet Treasure's Eating Disorders team at the Maudsley Hospital.
In her spare time, Charlotte was a wife, mother, Labrador adorer, farm secretary and Downton Abbey enthusiast. Charlotte was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 and lost her life to the disease in January of 2014. Charlotte’s advocacy work continues through the Charlotte’s Helix Genetics Initiative. More information on the Helix project can be found at www.charlotteshelix.net.
She will be dearly missed in the F.E.A.S.T. community and throughout the world.