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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Philippa tragically took her own life in January 2011 at the age of 27 whilst suffering from a horrendous illness: depression. She was a fun, bright, beautiful person and a wonderful sister to me. To an outsider, it appeared she had everything; loving friends, family and boyfriend, a job working for River Cottage, a great home in the countryside, and anyone would imagine she had a bright future ahead. But sadly and tragically depression so changed her view of life and of herself that she felt she could not carry on.

The aims of the ride are to raise awareness of depression and to raise money for two charities, both of which work to help people who are suffering from depression in different ways: The Human Givens Foundation and The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust.

Slow Food is an international movement which strives to preserve traditional and regional cuisine and aims to encourage the production and consumption of good, clean and fair food. Philippa was an active member of Slow Food and believed strongly in its ethics. In cycling to Turin, we want to promote Slow Food and everything it stands for, and we will take time to enjoy good, local produce along the way.

Although Philippa’s life was tragically short, it was full of happiness and fun and I know she loved it and her friends and family.  Pictures say more than words, so here are a few pictures of her and her life.