Actress Gemma Oaten’s charity SEED receives a grant from the Goldsmiths’ Company Charity and announces 2020 Gala Event
Actress Gemma Oaten is proud to announce the receipt of a grant from the Goldsmiths’ Company Charity towards SEED, a charity for those suffering from or affected by Eating Disorders, which was set up by Gemma’s parents and of which she is a patron. Gemma battled anorexia for 13 years, and after fighting for her life - has been in recovery ever since.
The grant, which has been awarded to SEED without restriction, will allow the charity to outreach to schools throughout the UK and give them access to their toolkit, which helps young people and parents alike.
Simon Hutchinson, MBE (Deputy Clerk of Goldsmiths’) commented: “, The Goldsmiths' Company Charity is extremely proud of its relationship with Seed Eating Disorders and is looking forward to help tackle and hopefully prevent eating disorders, which present extremely challenging and debilitating mental health issues. Through the delivery of the educational toolkit we hope to not only educate people about eating disorders but also help develop an understanding and awareness of triggers, empowering individuals to be in control in the fight against mental illness.
The Goldsmiths' Company Charity builds partnerships with other charitable organisations that work with young people, prisoner reintegration, an ageing population, education and culture. Its mission is to make a positive and lasting impact on society, giving people better access to opportunities that improve their life chances, including access to education.”
Gemma added: “I am so grateful to the Goldsmiths’ Company Charity for their support and understanding of the necessity of this project. I constantly speak to parents who are at a loss to help their children’s suffering so I know that the ability to get SEED toolkits into schools will save lives.”
SEED are seeking the support of an external organisation Social Sense, an award winning agency, who measure outcomes and provide evidence based data for SEED and individual data for schools for reporting purposes. This will ensure Goldsmith’s funding demonstrates social impact.
In addition to the grant, Gemma will also be fundraising for SEED via her annual charity gala “Another Blooming Night”, which will take place on Wednesday 18th November 2020. The gala sees Gemma joined by an all-star cast of friends - all of whom have donated their time for free to the charity - performing and hosting an auction.