DAY 12: The last leg of a momentous challenge

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The motorhome that has been following the Beijing Biddies Tuk Tuk Challenge team -providing backup and comfortable sleeping accommodation for the four ladies – was generously donated by Glossop Caravans for the duration of the trip. So the team was delighted to meet up with the lovely staff at Glossop Caravans on Saturday morning for bacon sandwiches, hot drinks and … Read More

DAY 11: Research is vital to understand the complexities of cancer

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So far on the challenge the Beijing Biddies had been lucky with the weather until the last night in Wales when they were drenched in torrential rain. With the lack of signal in the depths of the Welsh countryside, the team had also lost connection to the rest of the world for the night, however after a soaking start to … Read More

DAY 10: The end of the journey is in sight

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We’ve left Wales behind and are heading for Manchester – the last stop on our Tuk Tuk Challenge.  Amazingly, we are on course to complete the challenge two days earlier than expected! With the end in sight we still need to raise money to help fight children’s cancers, so please help us reach our target. CIick on ‘Donate’ now and … Read More

DAY 9: The value of volunteers

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There was constant sunshine for the drive to Merthyr Tydfil although it was still a little cold and draughty in the Tuk Tuks! The Macmillan Unit of Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil was tucked away from the main hospital, so it was a little tricky to find – but the smiling volunteers in their bright green Macmillan attire provided … Read More

DAY 7: A visit to the Francis Crick Institute

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Day 7 was a big day as the team made the journey across London from Crystal Palace to King’s Cross to visit the state-of-the-art Francis Crick Institute. As the Beijing Biddies passed through the futuristic high-security system, they were full of admiration for the £650 million building that opened in 2016. The Francis Crick Institute is a unique partnership between … Read More

DAY 6: Tiny Tuk Tuks tour London

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There’s nothing quite like wolfing down a pot of Wolfy’s howling good porridge in the sunshine to get the day off to a good start (courtesy of the kind people at Wolfy’s) – and the team needed all the energy it could muster for the drive to London. As they neared the capital, the ladies had a brunch stop at … Read More

DAY 5: Fundraising helps this vital research

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This was a day that really brought home to everyone the reason for undertaking this crazy challenge. There is some amazing research work being carried out collaboratively across the entire world to help beat cancer – but it all costs money.  That’s why the team needs to raise as much money as possible on this journey to help fund research … Read More

DAY 4: Surprise superheroes

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The day started with an interview for Radio York and included an unscheduled appearance at a superheroes charity event…there’s never a dull moment on the road with the Beijing Biddies! Having braved the night without toilets or showers at the campsite, the team relished a little longer in bed that morning to catch up on sleep. Once on the road … Read More

DAY 3: From one Charity to another as Beijing Biddies meet Emmerdale actress

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The porridge-fuelled morning began a little later than planned, but the Beijing Biddies were given a fantastic send off from the wonderful hosts of Grange Caravan Club Site in Durham. There was plenty of action to keep everyone on their toes, from wrong turnings and road works, to one of the Tuk Tuks suffering a scary stall at a roundabout … Read More

DAY 2: Back across the border

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The Edinburgh Caravan Club Site exceeded all expectations. It was a lovely location for the Beijing Biddies to spend their first night – despite the early 5am departure the following morning! Driving through The Borders, we had to stop for an emergency break to warm up at Streamers Sandwich Bar in Coldstream. The superb staff, Susan and Rory, were so … Read More