Man with Bipolar Disorder nears the end of his 1250-mile solo running adventure from Rome to London. You’re invited!
In 2012, Dan Keeley suffered a full blown manic episode in Italy which resulted with him preaching from the central lane of a major motorway at rush hour. He believed he was ‘the chosen one’. 5 years on – having battled through severe depression, suicidal thoughts and the diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder – Dan is now nearing the end of his 1250-mile self-supported running adventure from ‘Rome To Home’.
And best of all, you’re invited!
Dan’s story is one of recovery, courage, physical and mental endurance, hope and selflessness.
Since starting his epic adventure on Friday 25th August at the Colosseum, Dan has run over 1,000 miles across 3 countries and is nearing his £12,000 fundraising target for CALM (the Campaign Against Living Miserably) – one of the UK’s most innovative charities dedicated to keeping men alive by talking.
£12,000 will pay for CALM’s helpline to stay open for 10 nights during which time they will receive an average of 200 calls each night from men who are severely struggling with their mental health or even considering taking their own life.
Dan arrives at Newhaven Port at 9.30am on Tuesday 24th October, ready to start his 5 day ‘Home Leg’ through Sussex & Kent before finishing at the London Eye at 1pm on Saturday 28th October.
The route includes Newhaven, Eastbourne, Hailsham, East Hoathly, Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks, Bromley & Greenwich Park before the final blast along the Thames to the London Eye.
You can get involved by running or cycling with Dan (and his growing fan base) at any point during The Home Leg, helping to spread the word about Rome To Home to your contacts as well as donating towards Dan’s fundraising efforts for CALM (the Campaign Against Living Miserably) to help reduce the number of daily male suicides in the UK – the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK.
To see the full route plan, dates and timings, visit www.rometohome.com/getinvolved.
To get involved in the official Home Leg Facebook event page, visit the dedicated Home Leg facebook event page here.
To follow Dan’s live updates, visit www.facebook.com/iamdankeeley.
To donate to Dan’s fundraising page, visit www.rometohome.com/donate.
And if that doesn’t convince you, here are some quotes from Dan’s supporters:
Joel Beckman, Operations Director at CALM, said:
CALM relies on the dedication of our amazing supporters to raise awareness of the fact that suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK and the precious money that funds our helpline and webchat service. The sheer enormity of Dan’s Rome To Home challenge is incredible, and we’re so proud that he has chosen to work with CALM. It’s been a privilege to get to know Dan and follow his journey online. We’re all looking forward to giving him an awesome CALM welcome home.
Deborah Fox, CALM donor, said:
Dan, I was so very touched by your story and the cause is very dear to my heart as my son, Phil took his own life 2 years ago. You are an incredible man, with amazing strength and endurance. What you have put your mind, body and soul through to raise awareness for mental health issues is phenomenal. Good luck with the rest of your journey. May you always stay safe and never have to experience those low times again.
Mark Leruste, Rome To Home fan, said:
Thank you, Dan, for your kind words and thank you for being so awesome and raising the flag on mental health awareness. May your legs run wild and your heart beat strong.
Eileen Mortimer, Rome To Home fan, said:
Your brutal honesty has helped me to understand the condition of Bipolar and how it manifests itself. Keep going!
Thank you for your support, the more the merrier, hope you can join us!