Beijing Biddies hand over cash

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There was a big thank you all round when the Beijing Biddies Arctic Challenge team visited the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre in Harrogate.

To top off their visit to the state-of-the-art cancer treatment centre at Harrogate District Hospital, the team donated £4,500 from recent fundraising activities.

The five women - Kate Sleath from Wetherby, Edwina Sorkin, originally from Leeds and now living in Cumbria, and Helen Stobart, Liz Tinkler and Kerrie Ellison, all from Cumbria - are driving non-stop to the Arctic Circle in February to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research UK.

As part of a fact-finding day, four of the team visited the Centre to see the facilities and to find out how the money they are raising is spent.

Kate said: “The centre is an amazing place. The atmosphere was so calm and relaxing and it was fascinating to see how complementary therapies are being used alongside medical procedures to aid patients’ wellbeing.”

The team is due to leave on February 24 to drive 2,700 miles - without overnight stops - through Holland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden to Nordkapp in Norway, 350 miles inside the Arctic Circle.

Edwina and Kate undertook last year drove to the Chinese capital Beijing in just 29 days for the two cancer charities.

Pictured are Audrey Richardson, Kate Sleath, Helen Stobart and Sarah Grant, patient information and wellbeing manager; front from left: Edwina Sorkin, Aggie Sheppard, Macmillan area fundraising manager, and Liz Tinkler.