An inspiring young woman who has worked with Newbridge House is spearheading the first female crew to attempt to row from Oxford to London in just four days. Nineteen-year-old Esther, who had inpatient treatment for anorexia, came up with the idea of raising money for the eating disorders charity, Beat.

Now in recovery and studying at Oxford University, Esther is keen to do all she can to support others facing eating disorders and has become a young ambassador for Beat.

Although her treatment was not at Newbridge House, as a young ambassador, Esther has come to Newbridge House and spoken to young people currently in treatment, to share her story, answer their questions and show how recovery is possible.

The row from Oxford to London will mean covering 180km in just four days and has never been attempted by a female crew.

Rachel Matthews, clinical manager of Newbridge House, said: “We would like to wish the whole crew the very best of luck for this challenging row.

“Our young people really appreciated meeting Esther, seeing someone very close to their own age who had been through a similar experience but could show them what recovery looks like and all the benefits of returning to a healthy, full life.”