Friday February 15th: It was a big day for the Beijing Biddies. They received the keys for the specially equipped XC90 and XC60 Volvo cars that will take them non-stop to the Arctic in their #BBarctic challenge, starting from Carlisle City Centre on 24th February. Rory Stewart MP joined them, and they were also presented with a special gift from Gareth Presch of World Health Innovation Summit. Read more from Volvo in Carlisle here about the handover of keys. 
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Beijing Biddies Arctic Challenge 2016.

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Less than two years after driving to Beijing in just 29 days for charity, the self-styled Beijing Biddies are taking to the road again…this time driving non-stop from Cumbria to the Arctic Circle.


For their latest challenge in aid of the UK’s two leading cancer charities, Edwina Sorkin, aged 70, and Kate Sleath (65) will team up with three other women as they attempt to drive 2,700 miles to the Arctic Circle in the toughest winter conditions.

Helen Stobart (50), Liz Tinkler (49) and Kerrie Ellison (44), all from Cumbria, will join forces with the Beijing Biddies to drive through Holland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway as they head for Nordkapp, 350 miles inside the Arctic Circle.

The Beijing Biddies Arctic Challenge will raise money for Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support. Read the full press release here.


We are aiming to raise £100,000 or more in our challenge to reach the Arctic Circle. However, a big part of this can be raised by supporting our “Beat Cancer, Buy Miles” Campaign. Every £10 donated supports one of the 2700 miles of our journey, and every penny goes to Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research UK. Dedicate it to a loved one who has been affected by cancer. Thank you SO much from us all for your support!

If you would like to contact us please email info@beijingbiddies.co.uk or call Edwina on 015395 87667 Buy a mile or more here! £10 per mile. Leave a dedication for a loved one

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A snapshot of the Arctic Circle Team, and a few words from Edwina and Kate, the original Beijing Biddies.

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The last challenge involved Edwina and Kate who completed their challenge to drive to Beijing in 30 days. Find out about the other dynamic ladies who join them to drive non-stop to the Arctic Circle!

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