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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It’s 15 months since our steadfast cyclists took to roads and pedalled the 750 miles to Turin.  Reminiscences of those incredible  days are profound and we remember the time with much affection and fulfilment.

Fundraiser of the year - Maddy receives CWMT award.

Fundraiser of the year – Maddy receives CWMT award.

In November Maddy was awarded the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust fundraiser of the year – a terrific accolade but one which could only have been achieved because of the cyclists, our sponsors and the incredibly generous support that came from so many people.

More funding came for both charities in September 2013, when Keo Films entered 4 teams in the Diamond-Triathlon at Eton Dorney. Hugh and I went to watch the event and were moved by the determination of the teams as they swam, cycled and ran the allotted distances to complete the course. Eton Dorney is an inspirational venue for these endurance marathons and our thanks go to everyone who took part  - I think most of you  knew Pip.

Since the ride and the distribution of  funding raised, The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust have:

  • Given training to 350 GPs on the diagnosis and treatment of depression
  • Delivered mental health talks to 22 schools
  • Supported teaching of 130 therapists at The Charlie Waller Institute
  • Sent out 20,000 FANCY A CHAT booklets about depression.
  • Upgraded the Student’s against depression website (used by 12,000 people each month)
  • Monies raised from the Diamond Triathlon will go towards: guidance for parent on supporting son or daughter suffering from depression, School mental health talks across the country and training form managers on mental well being in the workplace.

Whilst The CWMT have been reaching out to schools and young people, The Humans Givens Institute are  planning to  part fund Randomised Controlled Trials to gain NICE accreditation and thus increase the availability of this advanced style of therapy to a a greater number of people.  Also, and very excitingly they are working on an App for mobile devices that will include The Human Givens principles to help users understand the cycle of  depression:

‘At the moment we envision a first version coming out sometime this year, the primary purpose of which will be to help those who are suicidally depressed: to detect them and connect them to effective help (first aid if you will). This is the first priority. As we see it now, the initial version of the app will also have an educational part explaining the cycle of depression, with animations so that it may be quickly and easily understood. (Many people have found that simply understanding this cycle has allowed them to break out of it and walk away, so this in itself will be very useful.’

All are worthy and great steps to help raise awareness of depression that we trust will bring understanding and help  to the many who are perplexed and troubled  by mental anxieties and depression.  Philly’s death has brought us insight to the hopelessness and torment of depression. We hope with all our hearts that the outcome of that amazing cycle ride to Turin is it will help prevent others from finding themselves in depths of despair.  Thank-you ALL for helping us and remembering Pip, our lovely daughter, sister and friend.

Pam x