Montrose girl Nikki Grant (15) is getting ready to take part in the Great 26-mile Manchester Cycle in aid of ‘SEED’ - an eating disorder charity.
Nikki is hoping to raise money for the S.E.E.D. charity that was first introduced to her several years ago whilst on holiday at Flamingo Land.
It was whilst on holiday that Nikki first met and become personal friends with former Emmerdale actress and SEED charity founder Gemma Oaten and since then has remained in contact.
‘Seed Hull’ is a registered charity which was set up initially by Gemma’s parents following her long battle with anorexia, which developed from the age 10.
In its early years the charity was run only from Gemma’s parent’s living room in Hull offering only a single help line for carers and sufferers alike.
Several years on and SEED now hold support workshops, e-mail buddy schemes and meetings twice a month to help those affected, offering literature, self-help books and coping strategies - but more than anything, advice, love and care in abundance.
Nikki told the Review: “When Gemma first told me about the charity and what it tries to achieve it was something that I just wanted to help with as it affects so many people of my own age. As SEED is not as well-known as many of the other charities, every single penny raised helps and goes towards being able to care and educate better, and hopefully bring about recovery of this devastating illness.”
The event takes place on Sunday (June 29) over a course that takes in sites around Manchester such as Old Trafford.
Nikki added: “I am obviously looking to raise as much as possible and anyone wishing to sponsor me can contact or donate direct to SEED by sending an e-mail to seedeatingdisorders.org.uk or by telephoning 01482 718130. Thank you!”