Beijing Biddies Team Photo: (L-R) Liz Tinkler, Edwina Sorkin, Helen Stobart, Kate Sleath & Kerrie Ellison
Press release 17 February 2016
Official send-off for Beijing Biddies Arctic Challenge team
The Beijing Biddies Arctic Challenge team will be given an official send-off from Carlisle city centre as they hit the road for their non-stop charity drive next Wednesday (February 24).
The team of five women will start their 2,700-mile journey to the Arctic from the Old Town Hall where the mayor of Carlisle, Councillor Steve Layden, will wave them off alongside family, friends and supporters.
The women aim to drive to Nordkapp, 350 miles inside the Arctic Circle, in the toughest winter conditions to raise money for Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support. The constant threat of snowstorms and winter temperatures that are liable to drop to -40C means that they have no idea how long the journey will take.
The team of Edwina Sorkin, of Newbiggin-on-Lune, Kirkby Stephen; Kate Sleath, from Wetherby, in Yorkshire; Helen Stobart and Liz Tinkler, from Penrith; and Kerrie Ellison, from Kendal; will be driving a Volvo XC90 and a Volvo XC60, sponsored by Lloyd of Carlisle.
Natasha Patel, Cancer Research UK local fundraising manager for Cumbria, said: “These five ladies are fun, fearless and bursting with energy and enthusiasm. I’ve no doubt they’ll make it to the Arctic but we need support from the people of Cumbria to back them on their way, sponsor a mile and help Cancer Research UK to fund vital research to help more women, men and children in the county who are affected by cancer.”
Sue McDonald of Macmillan Cancer Support said: “At Macmillan, we are thrilled to continue our involvement with the Beijing Biddies. The forthcoming challenge will really test their mettle whilst raising much needed sponsorship to help local cancer patients who often find every day a challenge!”
For more information, visit beijingbiddies.co.uk
Note to editors: You are invited to send a reporter/photographer to cover this event outside the Old Town Hall, Green Market, Carlisle, CA3 8JE.
Date and time: Wednesday, February 24, between 10.15-11am.
NB: The mayor is due to arrive between 10.30-10.45am and the team will be available for photos and interviews until their departure just before 11am.
Friday 15th January: Today the Beijing Biddies receive the keys to their two sponsored vehicles from Volvo Carlisle. You can view and download the press release below.