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An Altrincham firm is backing a cancer fundraising challenge which will see four women – known as the Beijing Biddies – travel 1,100 miles around the UK in two motorised three-wheeled rickshaws to raise money to help the fight against children’s cancers.
Tuk Tuk UK, based in Altrincham, is providing vehicles for the fundraising team to complete their 16-day challenge which will see them stop off to visit cancer centres and hospitals – including the Cancer Research UK Manchester Centre – on a route that will take them around England and into Scotland and Wales.
Driving at an average speed of just 20 miles an hour for six or seven hours a day, the fundraisers will set off from Carlisle on Tuesday, May 2 for their challenge in aid of the UK’s two leading cancer charities, Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support.
The team of Edwina Sorkin aged 71, of Newbiggin-on-Lune, Kate Sleath (66), of Wetherby, Yorkshire, Helen Stobart (51) and Liz Tinkler (50), of Penrith, will take turns to drive the two Tuk Tuks. The round trip will start and finish at Carlisle, with stop-offs in Edinburgh, Newcastle, Harrogate, Cambridge, London, Merthyr Tydfil and Manchester.
The main sponsor of the challenge is Tuk Tuk UK, the country’s largest importers of auto rickshaws, which is based in Altrincham, Cheshire.
Tuk Tuk UK director, Robert Leggett, who donates 20 per cent of his company’s profits to charitable causes, said: “We are delighted to support the Beijing Biddies in their Tuk Tuk challenge and we wish them all the best on their journey. These little vehicles are developing into quite a craze in this country, so the team certainly won’t go unnoticed as they travel around Britain’s roads!”