Helen Skelton helps Beijing Biddies drive up the total for cancer charities

Our glittering ball hosted by television presenter Helen Skelton has raised a fantastic £13,000 for the Beijing Biddies Charity Challenge!

Helen joined us for the Dickie Bows and Diamonds Ball at the Rheged Centre on Saturday November 29 to help raise funds for Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support.

During the evening guests were given the first glimpse of a documentary which has been made about our drive earlier in the year from Cumbria to Beijing in just 29 days to raise money for the charities. The hour-long documentary of our remarkable journey will have its premiere in Cumbria at the end of January.

Other highlights of the evening included a raffle, charity auction and music from local youth band, the Big Jam Band.

Following the event Helen said: “It was overwhelming, but not surprising, to see so much support from local people and it was great to be involved in raising money for two charities which are close to my heart.

“Big hats off to the organising committee for putting together such a fun night. I have to say that a particular highlight for me was the youth band!”

It was a fantastic night and Helen was a fabulous host.  We want to thank everyone who came along to the ball for their generosity in helping us to raise so much money.

Donations for the two charities are still being accepted.  To donate visit the Beijing Biddies Virgin Money Giving page http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=beijingbiddies&isTeam=true

Beijing Biddies say thank you to Ast

We have met some wonderfully generous people during our Beijing Biddies fundraising activities for Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research UK, none more so than Mark Aston and his great team at Ast Transport Branding.

When it came to making sure our trusty vehicle really got noticed as we travelled the 8,000 miles across the UK, through Holland to Germany, then Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, Siberia, Mongolia and into China, Ast knew just what to do. Their creative team came up with a brilliantly eye-catching design which they had printed onto vehicle graphics and cleverly wrapped around our Nissan Pathfinder.

We certainly caused a stir wherever we went; people would wave and every time we stopped we were soon surrounded by passersby all curious to know what these biddies were up to in their fancy car!

As if that wasn’t enough Anna Aston of Ast Signs very kindly donated a fantastic prize for our Dickie Bow and Diamonds Charity Grand Ball. The two night holiday for 6 people received some enthusiastic bidding and helped us raise over £13,000!

Based in Penrith, Ast Transport Branding was started eleven years ago by Mark and now boasts an impressive portfolio of clients including The Post Office, Tesco, The NHS, Stobart Group, Muller Wiseman Dairies, Yodel and HSS Hire among many others.

The company specialises in fleet graphics, especially for the commercial haulage sector and rail industry.  Over the years it has built a solid reputation for providing its customers with high quality products and exceptional service – the Biddies agree wholeheartedly with that!

The Beijing Biddies fund raising challenge has been a huge team effort, we are so grateful to Ast and all our sponsors. Without everyone getting behind us we would never have been able to complete our mammoth drive or make the Ball such a success. We want to not only raise awareness about the incredible work our two  chosen charities do but pull people together so that we can fight cancer more effectively. 

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Beijing Biddies raising more money to beat cancer

Well it’s very nearly upon us – that’s the Beijing Biddies Dickie Bows and Diamonds Charity Grand Ball!

We can’t wait to welcome you all to our great BIG fundraising party on Saturday at the Rheged Centre, Redhills, Penrith. We are so thrilled to have television presenter and all-round daredevil Helen Skelton joining us to host the evening. She’ll be perfect for keeping the evening’s events on track!

There’s lots of exciting things in store throughout the night:

  • The fantastic youth band Big Jam will be serenading us
  • We’ll be showing a preview clip of our Beijing Biddies 8000 mile driving challenge documentary
  • And there’s the auction which is bursting with incredible gifts for you to bid for.

In amongst all the excitement it’s important to remind ourselves why we’re doing all this. We want to raise even more money for our two chosen charities – Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research UK.

There are a couple of tickets left, so why not join us? We’d love it to be a full house!

If you’d like a ticket or have a prize to donate please contact:

Edwina Sorkin on 01539 587667 or email info@cheskinhouse.com

Liz Tinkler on 077155 41340 or Helen Stobart on 077488 47959.

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