ABC's Tribute area is dedicated to you who have lost a loved one. Losing a person to an eating disorder is a loss like no other, often the result of a long and arduous battle.
This area is available to anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one to an eating disorder. We know that this pain can never go away, but we offer you the chance to write a dedication in memory of that special person. For more information on setting up a tribute, please email us here.
Posted by Marie McManus
My beautiful daughter Pip took her own life on December 9th 2015 when she was just 15 years old. The tear in the thread of our family will never be mended. Pip spent her last 3 years fighting against anorexia, malnutrition, depression and self harm. I do not want Pip's life and suffering to have been in vain, whenever she was able, she tried to help others suffering from similar conditions.
Tributes to Pip
“Pip supported my frightened and lonely daughter in The Priory, she gave her kindness and help then, and is giving her inspiration to overcome the illness now. My thoughts are with you all.” – Anonymous
“No amount of money or words will represent our loss. Pip was such a loving, thoughtful, selfless and resilient girl who helped me through some of my darkest times. My condolences are with you all.” – Annie
“I taught pip for a short while whilst she was at Pendlebury. A very bright and beautiful young lady that enjoyed her 'Science' (my subject.) I was desperately sad to hear of her passing. With love xxx” – Michelle
“In memory of a truly amazing and selfless best friend, miss & love you always Pip.” – Grace
"One of the greatest people I have ever had the privilege to encounter, in memory of a beautiful best friend in my heart forever and always!x" -Shaggy V (Shannon)
Please email ABC here if you would like to write a tribute to Pip.
Posted by Lynn Maxwell
I had only known Emma for 5 Years, however, during that time she had a huge impact on my life. I had suspicions that she suffered from an eating disorder but never asked her or approached the subject. I think she appreciated that, she was more than the disease she was suffering from. She told me in her own time and that let her open up when she wanted to. Emma was a regular member of my Zumba class and every week she came along, even on the weeks she maybe was not in the best emotional or physical place she had a huge infectious smile. That was such a reward for me.
Emma suffered from anorexia for 20 years, when she passed away on 1st February 2016 she was only 35 years old. For a girl who lived with the torment of this heart-breaking disease day in day out she achieved so much in her life. She excelled in school and Beauty College, she loved art and she also owned her own very successful Beauty Business which received a Prince’s Trust Award. Emma was a genuinely amazing lady who would do anything for anyone, always had such a big heart.
Posted by Vickie Townsend
Laura showed such strength, courage and positivity. Even in her darker times, especially towards the end of her life Laura never complained or gave up. She always hoped that one day she would overcome her illness. Although Laura was a young person she was so sure of what her future would be, her career and ambitions. She would spend time talking with her family about her plans and was confident of what she would achieve.
Laura from a young age had a huge heart for others. Growing up Laura was loved for her compassion and care. Whether it be family, friends or strangers Laura had this ability to envelope others with her gentle, kind and caring nature. Laura had known for a long time that she wanted to be a Nurse, her ability to care for both young and old was her strength and passion. She wanted to make a difference, to support, understand and care for the sick and vulnerable.
If Laura had lived I’m confident she would have made a difference to so many, in her short life she had already done so. For this very reason it is important for me in memory of my beautiful daughter to acknowledge this and to try and help others like she would have done.
In memory of her daughter Laura, Vickie raised money and created ABC's online education site
"Laura loved Education and was like a sponge for learning. Both her school and college reports and exam grades reflected an outstanding pupil. Her teachers and pupils spoke of an exemplary student who had the potential to go far in her chosen career. If Laura had lived I’m confident she would have made a difference to so many, in her short life she had already done so. For this very reason it is important for me in memory of my beautiful daughter to acknowledge this and to try and help others like she would have done.
By putting together a website it allows me to have a platform to promote and highlight much needed awareness, funding and prevention into eating disorders. My involvement with the charity ABC and the Education Programme will also allow me to meet and engage with others, to help increase knowledge and understanding, and to give support."