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 Simon Kitchen, CEO of Bipolar UK, walked 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 joined him and collectively raised well over £3,500 to sustain local support services. Here is a complete list of people Simon wanted to thank for joining him:

  • Naomi Kitchen
  • Rebecca Steel
  • Carl Steel
  • Matthew Coles
  • Vikki Coles
  • Mark Coles
  • Janice Steel
  • Sophie Brew
  • Geoff Settle
  • Patti Boyle
  • Tommie Boyle
  • Heather Holmes
  • Kate Hancock
  • Stephen Titterington
  • Friends of the Penrith Group
  • Ken Lindup
  • Margaret Lindup
  • Phil Kitchen
  • Lilly
  • Cheryl Lindup