Home to a great welcome…

Well we made it home after just 12 days on the road…four days earlier than expected! What an adventure we’ve had and what amazing people we’ve met on the roads of Great Britain. We have been truly touched by the generosity shown to us throughout the trip.

Thank you to the University of Cumbria for holding a fantastic welcome home event for us -complete with a finish line for us to cross in style – and thank you to all the people who have supported us and donated so far.

We mustn’t lose sight of the fact that we undertook this challenge to raise money to help in the fight against children`s cancers. Our target is £100,000 and we are getting close. Please keep the money coming in.

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The Beijing Biddies


Beijing Biddies on the road again with Tuk Tuk challenge!

The Beijing Biddies are hitting the road again for their third and final charity challenge…driving around Britain in two Tuk Tuks to raise money to help the fight against children’s cancers.

The team of four women aim to cover 1100 miles in 16 days in the motorised three-wheeled rickshaws, stopping off to visit cancer centres and hospitals 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, they will set off from Carlisle on Tuesday, May 2 for their last challenge in aid of the UK’s two leading cancer charities, Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support.

The round trip will start and finish at Carlisle, with stop-offs 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.

So far they have raised over £80,000 for the charities and are aiming to reach over £100,000 with their latest challenge.

Team leader Edwina said: “This is perhaps our craziest challenge yet. These little Tuk Tuks are great fun but they take skill and a lot of concentration to drive them as we intend to – all day and to a strict timetable.”

The team 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.”