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Bungee jump boosts Sophie’s fundraising

Posted on Saturday 17th November 2018 at 9:16 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Sophie Mitchell at the bungee jump event at Bristol harbourside.Prolific local fundraiser Sophie Mitchell has successfully completed her latest challenge, a 160ft bungee jump at the Lloyds Amphitheatre in Bristol, adding more than £200 to the total she has raised for Beat, the UK’s leading eating disorders charity.

Sophie, a former anorexia sufferer, said:

“Never in my dreams did I ever think that I would do a bungee jump, however I must say that it was the most liberating experience of my life and one I will never forget.”

“Beat get no funding from the government, so I want to raise as much money for them as I can. Throughout this whole fundraising journey, my mission has been to show people that whatever your size, personality, background or goals, being true to yourself and owning who you are is the way forward and the only way to living a healthy, happy, successful life.”

Sophie’s next fundraising event is a fun sports day at the SGS College WISE Campus on Sunday 2nd December, incorporating bubble football, table tennis and basketball. Anyone wishing to enter a team or take part as an individual can make contact with Sophie via Facebook: ‘Sophie Mitchell – Anorexia Survivor & Fundraiser for Beat

This article originally appeared in the November 2018 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 8). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH (except August), to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Anorexia survivor set to stretch fundraising efforts to new limits

Posted on Saturday 6th October 2018 at 10:49 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Sophie Mitchell with her prize day awards. Photo of fundraiser Sophie Mitchell, pictured following her charity head shave.

Sophie Mitchell, a young woman from Bradley Stoke who suffered from anorexia as a teenager and spent nearly six months in hospital because of the condition, updates us on her extraordinary programme of fundraising activities for Beat, one of the UK’s leading eating disorders charities.

After a successful couple of years fundraising, 2018 has been the best one yet. So far, I have held more bake sales, bag packing at Tesco, Spin/Boxing & HIIT class at Bradley Stoke Leisure centre, 15,000ft sky dive and a head shave. The latter, on 6th April at In Trim hairdressers (within Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre) was my ultimate favourite because it represented so much and reached out to a lot of people to the extent where it got picked up by ITV News on Good Morning Britain! I also was invited onto BBC Radio Bristol to talk in more detail about my story and continue to raise awareness for what is a life threatening mental illness.

Not only is hair loss a symptom of anorexia and one that I wanted to highlight, but also I wanted to show people that the way you look shouldn’t determine how successful you are in life. Our beauty within is what’s more important and if we put our minds to it, we can achieve anything without feeling insecure, worthless and burdened by the pressure of society’s expectations.

But it’s only going to get bigger and better, starting with my next event, a 160ft bungee jump at the Lloyds Amphitheatre in Bristol on 28th October. Bungee jumping teaches you to face your fears, live in the moment and take that leap of faith knowing that everything will work out in the end. That is the message that I want to get across to everything that I cross paths with, along with raising awareness for eating disorders and inspiring sufferers to believe that recovery is possible and so worth it.
I am super excited for this one and I hope to reach out to as many people as the head shave. I am welcoming anyone and everyone to come and watch me so please contact me via my Facebook page if you would like to do so.

More: Fundraising target upped to £4,000 »

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Sophie’s year of fundraising exceeds all expectations

Posted on Sunday 28th January 2018 at 4:27 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Sophie Mitchell with her prize day awards.

A young woman from Bradley Stoke who suffered from anorexia as a teenager and spent nearly six months in hospital because of the condition has raised nearly £2,000 for Beat, one of the UK’s leading eating disorders charities.

In January 2017, Sophie Mitchell, now 21, set herself the target of raising £500 for Beat through a series of local fundraising events that were planned to take place throughout the year. Come the end of the year, Sophie says she is delighted to report that she has raised nearly four times this amount!

One of the highlights of Sophie’s fundraising year was completing the Bradley Stoke 10k Run in June, in a time of 55 minutes.

This, combined with a cake sale held at the Bradley Stoke Community Festival the day before, raised a total of £146.

Earlier in the year, she had completed a 2km sponsored swim with her friend Reka Goralszki.

The sporting theme continued in August when, with the support of staff at the Bradley Stoke Active Gym, she hosted a charity ‘super fit’ class, raising £181 in just 90 minutes.

In October, Bradley Stoke Community School (previously attended by Sophie) staged a non-uniform day, adding £380.

Other events held in 2017 include quiz nights at Baileys Court Inn and Almondsbury Sports & Social Club, a coffee morning at the Beaufort Arms in Stoke Gifford and a pyjama day at SGS College Filton (where Sophie was studying).

Aside from her fundraising efforts, the year also saw Sophie getting involved in a number of promotional activities in support of Beat and receiving two awards at her college’s prize day.

Spurred by last year’s success, Sophie says she plans to continue her fundraising efforts in 2018. A bag packing day at Tesco and a sponsored skydive are already on the cards for April!

More: Sophie’s reflections on a whirlwind year »

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Anorexia survivor launches charity fundraising campaign

Posted on Friday 13th January 2017 at 8:50 pm by SH (Editor)

Anorexia survivor Sophie Mitchell, who is embarking on a year of fundraising for the Beat charity.

A young woman from Bradley Stoke who suffered from anorexia from the age of 12 is organising a programme of local fundraising events throughout 2017 in aid of Beat, one of the UK’s leading eating disorders charities.

Sophie Mitchell, now 20, spent nearly six months in hospital around the time of her sixteenth birthday and has only recently returned to a healthy weight.

Having the condition for such a long period of time also affected Sophie’s education, as she explains: “When I did my GCSEs, all of my friends did between ten and 15 subjects and I had to drop quite a few subjects – which meant I only did five GCSEs – as I wasn’t coping with the amount of work that was required.”

After years of turmoil caused by the illness, Sophie’s life took a turn for the better in March 2016 when she met Joanna Nowak, a personal trainer at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre. From being in state where she felt she was “drifting away” as her physical and mental health deteriorated, Sophie says Joanna has been instrumental in completely transforming her life through a programme of dietary advice and exercise.

Although she says her battle is “far from over”, she has set herself the target of raising £500 for Beat through a range of events in 2017 that is expected to include quiz nights, bake sales, karaoke nights, a sponsored swim and participation in the Bradley Stoke 10k Run on 11th June.

Sophie’s first fundraising event of the year will be a quiz night at the Baileys Court Inn starting at 9pm on Sunday 15th January. She hopes to stage further quiz nights and raffles later in the year at the Three Brooks pub and the Beaufort Arms in Stoke Gifford.

To find our more about the upcoming quiz night or any of the other events, visit the ‘Fundraising for Beat 2017 Events’ page on Facebook or contact Sophie at

Donations can also be made online at

More: Sophie’s story – in her own words »

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