As many of you may know, in February 2020 my whole life had changed. I was diagnosed with Alopecia Areata, and rapidly lost all of my hair. This included the hair on my head, eyelashes, eyebrows and every where else, which led to a diagnosis of Alopecia Universalis.

Without the support of Alopecia UK, especially during the lockdown period, I don’t know how I would have coped. Thanks to the support of Alopecia UK and the forums that they help run, I have come to terms with my diagnosis and made friends along the way who also know how it feels to come to terms with the loss of your hair. They help provided me with guidance on makeup, which wigs to look for, how to stay positive and to laugh and cry along the way.

Alopecia is a really unexplored disease and very little is known about the cause of it. There’s not “one treatment cures all” and it’s all about trying and testing.

Alopecia UK is a small charity working to improve the lives of those affected by alopecia and the charity has aims around Support, Awareness and Research.

Alopecia UK relies on the support of fundraisers and donors to continue the fantastic work it does.

Thank you for supporting me with my fundraising efforts. I really appreciate your support on my journey and so does Alopecia UK! X Maddie Barron