[T]wo tiny Tuk Tuks will be turned into miniature trucks for the Beijing Biddies charity challenge team following support from Eddie Stobart.
The four women will drive the motorised rickshaws around Britain in the distinctive green, red and white livery of Eddie Stobart as they undertake their Tuk Tuk challenge to raise money for the fight against children’s cancers.
The Beijing Biddies team has received a major boost to their third and final charity challenge from Eddie Stobart as they attempt to drive the three-wheeled vehicles on a 16-day round trip in aid of Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support.
Driving at an average speed of just 20 miles an hour for six or seven hours a day, the Beijing Biddies will set off from Carlisle on Tuesday, May 2, stopping off at Edinburgh, Newcastle, Harrogate, Cambridge, London, Merthyr Tydfil and Manchester to visit cancer centres and hospitals.
Team leader Edwina Sorkin said: “We cannot express our gratitude enough to Eddie Stobart for their generous backing. It will be a huge help in our attempt to raise more than £100,000 for our charities – and we’ll certainly be eye-catching.
“We know that a lot of people love to spot Eddie Stobart vehicles on the roads, so hopefully the spotters will keep an eye out for the two latest additions to the fleet!”
The team of Edwina Sorkin aged 71, of Newbiggin-on-Lune, Kate Sleath (66), of Wetherby, Yorkshire, Helen Stobart (51) and Liz Tinkler (50), both of Penrith, will take turns to drive the two Tuk Tuks.
They will stick to Britain’s A and B roads in the 198cc vehicles, taking them through towns and villages where they are hoping to create quite a stir.
Edwina said: “ We want people to come out and cheer us on and, hopefully, donate to our two charities. 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 two vehicles have been loaned to the team for the duration of the challenge by Tuk Tuk UK, the country’s largest importers of auto rickshaws, which is based in Cheshire.
The team also has the backing of Glossop Caravans, who are donating free use of a £38,000 motorhome, which would cost around £5,000 to hire, as a backup vehicle where the team will eat and sleep, plus the Caravan and Motorhome Club who are offering free overnight stops at their campsites.
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.
So far they have raised almost £80,000 for the charities and are aiming to reach over £100,000 with their latest challenge.
For more information visit www.beijingbiddies.co.uk