Four women who are raising funds to help fight children’s cancers by driving two Tuks Tuks round Britain visited Manchester on 12 May.
The Beijing Biddies Tuk Tuk Challenge team stopped off at the Manchester Cancer Research Centre Building, in Wilmslow Road – part of The University of Manchester, to find out about some of the research being carried out there by Cancer Research UK funded scientists to help the treatment of cancer.
The women, Edwina Sorkin ((71) Helen Stobart (51) and Liz Tinkler (50), from Cumbria, along with Kate Sleath (66) from Yorkshire, have raised £80,000 so far for Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support and are aiming to reach over £100,000 on this latest trip. The vehicles have been provided by Tuk Tuk UK, based in Altrincham.
Team leader Edwina said: “We enjoyed meeting staff at the Manchester Cancer Research Centre and seeing how the money we are raising is spent.”
The Tuk Tuks turned heads as the motorised three-wheeled rickshaws drove along Kingsway and Wilmslow Road to visit the cancer centre.
Edwina said: “To see a child or a young person suffering from cancer is really hard. That’s why every penny that we raise on this challenge will go to help kids and teens, so the more people that we can reach on our journey, the more money we can raise to fight this terrible disease.”
The team have covered 1300 miles in 16 days, driving at an average speed of 20 miles an hour for six or seven hours a day. The journey started in Carlisle on Tuesday, May 2, and has seen them visit cancer centres and hospitals in Edinburgh, Newcastle, Harrogate, Cambridge, London, Merthyr Tydfil and Manchester.
It is almost three years to the day since Edwina and Kate, calling themselves the Beijing Biddies, drove from the UK to the Chinese capital in just 29 days for the two cancer charities. Last year they were joined by Helen and Liz plus Kerrie Ellison to drive from Carlisle to the Arctic Circle with no overnight stops, completing that challenge in four days.
Natasha Patel, fundraising manager for Cancer Research UK, said: “Our scientists and nurses have enjoyed welcoming the Beijing Biddies team at Cancer Research UK centres during their epic Tuk Tuk trek. The money they raise will allow Cancer Research UK’s doctors, nurses and scientists to advance vital research which is helping to save the lives of boys, girls, men and women in Cumbria, Yorkshire and across the UK.”
Sue McDonald of Macmillan Cancer Support said: “At Macmillan, we are thrilled to continue our involvement with the Beijing Biddies. This challenge will really test their mettle whilst raising much needed sponsorship to help cancer patients who often find every day a challenge!”
For more information visit www.beijingbiddies.co.uk