Kate and Edwina Beijing Biddies Wetherby News

Beijing Biddies Driven to Keep On Giving

We set out on our trip to Beijing fired up by very personal motivations and having completed the challenge neither of us feels any less compelled to keep on fund raising.

Incredibly humbled by all the stories shared with us since we set out on our crusade, we are now more determined than ever to do what we can for both charities.

Macmillan Cancer Support do the most fantastic job helping people and their families when they really need it but the number of people coming to them for assistance is rising all the time. The charity says that nearly half of the population will be diagnosed with some form of cancer in our lifetime – a very sobering fact indeed.

Last year 98% of the charity’s income came from voluntary donations and fund raising and an incredible £121.7m was spent supporting people affected by Cancer.

Cancer Research UK on the other hand is focussed on finding a cure – we feel the two charities complement each other perfectly; one providing support and the other hope.

Funding over 4,000 researchers, doctors and nurses, Cancer Research UK is the largest medical research charity in the world. Whilst undertaking invaluable research into how to treat cancer, the charity also plays a pivotal role in educating us via its cancer prevention campaigns.

The charity’s researchers have made consistent progress since it was launched and now the cancer survival rates are twice that they were 40 years ago. Thousands of people are currently taking part in its clinical trials and many more are moved to donate. The charity’s pledge We Will Beat Cancer Sooner says it all.

No-one should face cancer alone, please donate via the link below, thank you




What’s next for the Beijing Biddies

It might seem that the BBs have had a couple of quiet months but don’t you believe it! We’ve not been resting after our fantastic journey to Beijing but have been very busy visiting sponsors, saying thank you for all the wonderfully generous donations and planning our next event.

So many people asked about how they could help us raise funds for our chosen charities – Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research UK – that we’ve decided to put together a very special night. We’re inviting you to join us at Rheged Centre, Redhills, Penrith on Saturday 29th November for a Grand Charity Ball to celebrate our successful trip…and more importantly to raise even more money.

It will be a Dickie Bows and Diamonds themed event and we are absolutely thrilled to announce that television presenter and all-round daredevil Helen Skelton has kindly agreed to be the host for the evening.

Beijing Biddies Dickie Bows and Diamonds Charity Grand Ball Rheged

We’ve already had a wonderful response from friends and supporters booking tables and have a number of companies bringing their staff and making this their Christmas bash. If you would like to join us at the Ball or would like to donate – cash or items for the auction – then please contact:

Edwina Sorkin on 01539 587667 or email info@cheskinhouse.com; Liz Tinkler on 077155 41340 or Helen Stobart on 077488 47959.

Tickets to the Dickie Bow and Diamonds Charity Grand Ball cost just £40 but be sure to bring plenty of spare cash to spend on the night!

Beijing Biddies Challengers Return

After the epic UK to China 29 day charity challenge

BBs excitedly arrived in to Beijing , China – their final destination. It took 29 days of driving to reach Beijing. It was an incredible journey – a lifetime experience. Beijing Biddies enjoy bustling market in BeijingTravelling through so many countries and such diverse landscapes. Beijing Biddies on Great Wall of ChinaBefore returning home, there was just time to do a bit of sightseeing and experience the extraordinary hustle and bustle of a Beijing Market.


We also had the treat of visiting The Great Wall of China, taking a moment to appreciate the wonder and history.

The length of the journey only really registered when sitting on the plane going home and watching the route of the flight . To think that the BBs had just driven a similar route in the opposite direction –  all the way to Beijing!!

Beijing Biddies Depart from Beijing After epic charity challenge

It was a great achievement and the Beijing Biddies were on a high and the first thing that had to be done was to have some champagne to celebrate the success.

The BBs  would like to say a very big thank you to all the wonderful people who have sponsored them,  donated and supported them before, during and after the journey.

However their mission is not yet complete as the 2nd objective is to raise the necessary monies for both Cancer Research UK  and MacMillan Cancer Support. Please be kind enough to keep spreading the word of what the BBs have just achieved and why they did it. There is a virgin money giving page here and every penny counts towards beating cancer.