The Beijing Biddies shall go to the Ball

In the last few days we’ve been getting lots of renewed attention about our mammoth Beijing Biddies driving challenge. It’s probably because we’ve been working hard to spread the word about the Charity Grand Ball we’re organising and the local media have picked up on the story.

If you haven’t already seen them, here are just two of the great pieces of recent news coverage:

Lots of people have asked why we are still pushing on with the fund raising and where we get our energy from. The huge wave of adrenalin that got us through the actual driving challenge itself is still very much alive and kicking. Now it’s being fuelled by everyone around us pulling together to help make the ball a success.

What more could we ask for in the way of assistance than to have TV presenter and all round daredevil Helen Skelton joining us on the night – what a fabulous coup!

We are absolutely thrilled that Helen has agreed to host the event. Not only is she local to Cumbria but we admire her adventurous spirit – her challenges make ours look like a walk in the park! She has already given the event a higher profile than we could have hoped for.

Among Helen’s achievements are her high wire walk between the towers of Battersea Power Station for Comic Relief 2011; a 500-mile journey across Antarctica to the South Pole by ski, kite and bike in January 2012 for Sport Relief; followed by becoming the fastest person to travel 100km by kite ski.

Most recently Helen completed the London Marathon this year in aid of Cancer Research UK while interviewing fellow runners along the course.

Commenting on the Dickie Bow and Diamonds Ball Helen said: “I am flattered to be asked to be part of the Beijing Biddies’ event and inspired by what the ladies have already achieved.  Hopefully we can reflect their aspirational spirit by raising a lot of money on the night.”

Here, here! Get your tickets today and help us raise vital funds for Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research UK.

Tickets for the Dickie Bows and Diamonds Charity Ball can be purchased through Edwina on 01539 587667, Liz Tinkler 07715 541340, Helen Stobart 07748 847959, Denise Robinson 07812 558525 or email

Big Hearted Lyon

A huge and heartfelt thank you goes from the Beijing Biddies to the fantastic Lyon Equipment team at Tebay Business Park. Not only for providing us with lots of very useful gear for our trip to Beijing but also for supporting our Grand Charity Ball too – can’t wait to see you all in your Dickie Bows and Ballgowns!

Commenting on the forthcoming event, Paul Cornthwaite Lyon Sales and Marketing Manager said: “When we first heard about the Beijing Biddies we knew instantly that this was a cause we wanted to get involved with. Edwina and Kate are remarkable ladies, the two charities they are raising money for are close to our hearts and of course their driving challenge is just the sort of thing we’d all love to do!

“To see the ladies now putting their efforts in to this fabulous charity ball shows just what an intrepid pair they are. It sounds like it’s going to be a fantastic night and I hope they raise bucket loads more cash.”

Get your tickets while they are still available…

Saturday 29th November 2014, Rheged Centre, Penrith.

Contact: Edwina Sorkin 015395 87667 email; Liz Tinkler 07715 541340 or Helen Stobart 077488 47959

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