In October 2012 a team of people are going to cycle from Axminster in Devon to the Slow Food Salone del Gusto festival in Turin, Italy, in memory of Philippa Corbin; a fun, bright, beautiful person from the River Cottage team who tragically took her own life in January 2011 at the age of 27 whilst suffering from an horrendous illness: depression.
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 total there are 28 riders and 4 support crew taking part in this adventure to Turin. Ages of cyclists range from from 24 to 73 and include a doctor, a preserve maker, a vet, some gardeners, a cameraman, a couple of geoscientists and a beatboxing vicar.
In cycling to Turin, they want to promote Slow Food and everything it stands for whilst raising funds for these two charities, and take time to enjoy good, local produce along the way.
We worked with Phillipa through our River Cottage partnership and were deeply saddened by her death. When her Mother Pam asked us if we would like to support the charity bike ride we were very eager to get involved. The Slow Ride to Turin is the best possible tribute to her talent and passion.
We are therefore delighted to supply the yoghurts for the breakfast at Axminster Canteen start, a donation to the charity fund itself and we are working directly with Pam to produce a special flavour River Cottage Yoghurt in memory of Phillipa and to further support the charity funds being raised.To find out more about the Slow Ride or to donate click here