A Story of Hope and Kindness

Monday 12 October 2020
Online, Teams
12:30pm - 1:30pm

A Story of Hope and Kindness

Hope Virgo is the Author of Stand Tall Little Girl, and a multi award winning international leading advocate for people with eating disorders. Hope helps young people and employers (including schools, hospitals and businesses) to deal with the rising tide of mental health issues which affect one in four people and costs employers between £33 and £42 billion annually. She has been described by Richard Mitchell, CEO of Sherwood Forest Hospital, as "sharing a very powerful story with a huge impact". Hope is also a recognised media spokesperson, having appeared on various platforms including BBC Newsnight, Victoria Derbyshire, Good Morning Britain, Sky News and BBC News.    

For four years, Hope managed to keep it hidden, keeping dark secrets from friends and family. But then, on 17th November 2007, Hope's world changed forever. She was admitted to a mental health hospital. Her skin was yellowing, her heart was failing. She was barely recognizable. Forced to leave her family and friends, the hospital became her home. Over the next year, at her lowest ebb, Hope faced the biggest challenge of her life. She had to find the courage to beat her anorexia. 

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The Clare Foundation aims to make Buckinghamshire the happiest county in Britain.

They are a charity that brings together key stakeholders, partners, businesses and charitable organisations to facilitate and create positive change across society in Buckinghamshire. Their mission is to bring the forces together to tackle the root causes of unhappiness.

They facilitate multi-stakeholder projects and programmes bringing together charities, businesses and key infrastructure organisations such as Buckinghamshire Council. They offer free advice and support to charities and not-for-profit organisations in order to help them become more effective and efficient both informally and through formal programmes such as their Charity and Middle le Leader Forums, Charity Excellence Programme and the Bid Writing Support Programme.

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