The Pip Foundation
Pip McManus died by suicide on December 9th 2015 at just 15 years old. Pip spent her last 3 years fighting Anorexia Nervosa, depression and self-harm. Pip's Mum, Marie, says;
"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, 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, so I am hoping to continue her good work in conjunction with ABC, our chosen charity." - Marie McManus
National media coverage of Pip McManus’s tragic suicide due to Anorexia highlighted the failings of the present healthcare system for eating disorders. The Coroner cited five failings which included inadequate community support, lack of timely care plan, lack of aftercare, absence of cohesiveness amongst agencies and inadequate communication of the heightened risk of suicide. Sadly, since 2015, there have been more cases of preventable deaths and subsequent enquiries and inquests into the failings of the system.
Lack of funding within the NHS means that this is unlikely to change significantly, and certainly not in time to help the thousands of families suffering today.
Pip and her family were sorely ‘let down’ with tragic consequences and sadly they are not alone. Marie set up The Pip Foundation in her daughter's memory determined to provide support and help for those living with an eating disorder. We are working with Marie to bring to life her vision of Pip's Place; a Manchester-based drop-in hub of support, guidance and understanding.
With your support, we can make Pip's Place a reality.
If you would like to discuss how your donation will be used, or are keen for it to fund a particular service, please contact our CEO Joanne Byrne: firstname.lastname@example.org