TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is backing intrepid members of his film production company as they take part in a triathlon in memory of a much-loved colleague.
The presenter of the hugely popular River Cottage series of food programmes has thrown his support behind colleagues involved in the Olympic Relay Triathlon at the Eton College Rowing Centre in Berkshire.
The 12 volunteers all work at KEO Films, which makes the River Cottage programmes and many more TV favourites.
They are raising money for two charities which aim to combat depression, the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust and the Human Givens Foundation.
The event, on Sunday, September 8, is in memory of Philippa Corbin, an integral member of the River Cottage team who took her own life in January 2011.
Each participant in the triathlon relay will either swim 1,500m, cycle more than 40km or complete a 10km run at the London 2012 Olympic rowing venue.
“I’ve always know the team at KEO Films are superstars, and now they’re proving it beyond all doubt,” said Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, who is also a director of the company.
“I won’t be donning Lycra and taking part myself but I am cheering everyone on in their quest to raise money for such good causes.
“All of us were devastated by Pip’s death. We wanted to support two charities doing so much to combat depression, so in future fewer people will have to go through the same trauma as Pip, her family and friends.”
Marian Spain, chief executive of the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, said: “It’s no easy feat to take on such an Olympic challenge, and we are hugely grateful for the support of everyone at KEO Films.
“A previous fundraising event by Philippa Corbin’s family and friends raised enough money for us to update our Students Against Depression website, train 350 GPs and do much more.
“Their continued support is a huge boost to our work to raise awareness and fight depression.”
To donate to the cause – and possibly win a £50 John Lewis voucher – go to the KEO triathlon page.
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For more information contact Chris Titley: 07751 532248
Details about the work of the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust can be found on the website: cwmt.org