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



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; 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!