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On 13th October 2012 thirty cyclists left Axminster in Devon and rode 769 miles to the Slow Food Salone del Gusto festival in Turin, Italy, in memory of Philippa Corbin. We rode to raise awareness of depression and raise funds for two charities.

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Alastair Campbell

Alastair Campbell

Depression is an illness of which there is insufficient understanding. Millions of British people will suffer from it at some point, and that means pain not just for them but for friends and families. Philippa’s death underlines how painful the condition can be in extreme cases, and the devastation it can bring. Getting good from bad is a great and human reaction, and I am sure that is what is motivating Philippa’s family and friends to take on this great adventure and raise funds and awareness for charities operating in this field. As an ambassador for Time to Change, the campaign to break down the stigma and taboo surrounding mental illness, and as someone who gets depression myself, I wish them all the very best in their bike ride, their fundraising, and their keeping Philippa’s memory alive.

Alastair Campbell, 2012