'Two friends took their own lives – I'm walking 1,000 miles to raise awareness'

Sophia Badger is walking from London to Rome to raise funds and awareness in the face of serious tragedy.

In the summer of 2018, two of Sophia’s friends took their own lives. Now she is undertaking this mammoth challenge

‘Their deaths came as a huge shock. It was the kind of news that you can’t quite believe, and it stops you in your tracks,’ Sophia tells Metro.co.uk.

‘You mull over the last time you saw or spoke to them and wonder if you could’ve been in touch a bit more often and been there, been available, to lend an ear. You’re left with lots of questions that will never get answered. Lots of “whys” and “what-ifs”.

Sophia is half Italian, so her once-in-a-lifetime walk has also been an eye-opening journey into her heritage as well. She says the trip has also been an incredible physical challenge, crossing the Alps, the Jura Mountains, and the Apennines, and walking for days through wheat and rice fields, all solo.

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