There are an estimated 1.3 million people living with bipolar disorder in the UK, including over 60,000 North East and Cumbria residents. Characterised by destructive manic highs and depressive lows, bipolar is a serious mental illness that increases the risk of suicide by 20 times.

We  estimate that in 2019 800 people with bipolar will complete suicide and end their life, 40 of which will be in the North East and Cumbria. With treatment and support these lives can be saved.

To highlight our cause and the support that we provide from 25th May to the 28th May I will be walking 135 km (84 miles) along Hadrian’s Way from Bowness-on-Solway to Wallsend to increase awareness of bipolar disorder and to raise money to fund support for people with bipolar in the North East and Cumbria.

A number of friends and supporters with personal experience of bipolar will be joining me on this walk for some or all of it. We hope to collectively walk 800 kms and raise the £8,000 needed to sustain local support services.

In the run up to this walk I'll be seeking the support of local businesses who want to make a positive difference for people with mental health challenges.

Your support would make a massive difference directly to my walk here on our Givepenny page: