I have had alopecia since 2006. Sometimes I can go for months without any patches of hair loss, other times a few patches will pop up out of the blue and twice I've lost the majority of my hair, including my eyebrows the first time. Alopecia is an unpredictable condition which doesn't always respond well to treatment - what helps one person won't necessarily help another. It can be a stressful and isolating condition to experience.

I am fundraising for Alopecia UK because it's a charity close to my heart. I volunteer for Alopecia UK as one of their support group leaders for children with alopecia. It is the children, parents and charity staff that I've met through this experience that have inspired me to raise funds for the charity this year.

Alopecia UK is a small charity working to improve the lives of those affected by alopecia. The charity has aims around Support, Awareness and Research. Since volunteering for Alopecia UK, I have seen first-hand the difference this charity makes to people who are experiencing hair loss.

Alopecia UK relies on the support of fundraisers and donors to continue the fantastic work it does. For alopecia awareness month and to celebrate 15 years of Alopecia UK, I have challenged myself to share 15 social media posts about alopecia and to walk 15,000 steps on 15 days in September.

I would really appreciate any support you can give towards my fundraising efforts. Thank you!

Alice MacLean