On August 25th, Dan Keeley set off from Rome’s Colosseum and began an incredible journey. Rome To Home is a 1,250 mile solo run through three different countries – and he’s due to cross the finish line some 65 days later at the London Eye on Saturday October 28th (1pm).
Dan’s story is one of recovery, courage, physical and mental endurance, hope and selflessness. In 2012, he was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder following a manic episode while on holiday in Italy. Time spent in psychiatric wards in Italy and the UK followed, as did a crippling depression which – for the better part of six months – had him wanting to take his own life.
Now, five years later, he’s about to complete the Rome To Home challenge and has already smashed through his fundraising target of £12,000 for CALM – a figure representative of the 12 men who die by suicide every day in the UK.
We’ve loved following Dan’s updates on social media, and here are five moments you may have missed…
Day 1: Rome To Home gets under way
The journey begins with an emotional family goodbye in the shadow of Rome’s Colosseum.
Day 8: Dan reflects on Week One
What a week! Dan looks back on the first seven days of #RomeToHome.
Day 30: Steep terrain and super cars!
Complete with the stunning views of Great St Bernard Pass in the background, Dan meets some fellow Brits with some rather nice cars…
The Alps Stage
This special edition video documents Dan’s journey through the Alps. Expect spectacular scenery and slobbering dogs.
The Forrest Gump Scene (Special 1,000 mile edition)
In the company of two mates, Dan clocks 1,000 miles as he heads through France and approaches the home leg.
Come and support Dan as he approaches the Rome To Home finish line. For information on the Home Leg and how to get involved, click here.
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