DAY 7: A visit to the Francis Crick Institute


Day 7 was a big day as the team made the journey across London from Crystal Palace to King’s Cross to visit the state-of-the-art Francis Crick Institute.

As the Beijing Biddies passed through the futuristic high-security system, they were full of admiration for the £650 million building that opened in 2016. The Francis Crick Institute is a unique partnership between the Medical Research Council (MRC), Cancer Research UK, Wellcome, UCL (University College London), Imperial College London and King’s College London.

The Institute is a magnificent sight, with five open-plan storeys of working space and three floors below ground level. This is where 1300 scientists from around the world work together to research beyond the realms of cancer, by understanding the fundamentals of the human body.

Again, it brought home to the team the reason for undertaking the Tuk Tuk challenge – to raise money to contribute to this vital work.

After the warm welcome of the Institute, there was a bitterly cold drive on busy roads to Wyatts Covert campsite in Uxbridge. However, on arrival, the team was handed a donation pot that was filled to the top for Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research UK. Many thanks to all the people who donated!

While you’re here…thank you for reading our daily blog and for following our journey around Britain.  With just 500 miles to go we are more than half way home in terms of distance, but we still need your help to raise money to aid the fight against children’s cancers. Please donate today. Just click on ‘Donate’ and give what you can.  We are eternally grateful for every donation.

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The Beijing Biddies