After her father passed away, Karen decided to raise funds for Bipolar UK in his memory. With the help of her father’s barber, she took on the challenge of shaving her head. This is her story.

On 4 November 2016, I decided to do a charity head shave to raise funds for Bipolar UK in memory of my father; Malcolm. My father passed away two years ago, his memory day was 5 November.

"I chose to raise money for Bipolar UK as it’s a charity close to both mine and my family’s hearts." 

My dad, Malcolm Mckeown, was diagnosed with bipolar back in 1977 after I found him when he had tried to end his life. I was only 7 years old. It was then he was diagnosed with what was then called manic depression. In 1977 there were no support services for patients, families or carers where we lived. He had many years of highs and lows and was lucky enough to have a supportive family around to support him at home, except when he needed admission to hospital when very unwell.  

"Bipolar UK is a worthwhile charity to help make a difference in people's lives."

The best part about fundraising for Bipolar UK was that I was very close to my dad and was able to do something positive in his memory by raising funds for a charity that will help make a difference to individuals affected by bipolar. I had set up a JustGiving Page and my target was £50. However, I raised an amazing £425.50! Social media played a positive role and I was also able to raise awareness about my fundraiser, Bipolar UK, and mental health awareness. 

Thank you so much for all of your wonderful support!

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