Beijing Biddies’ drive to aid cancer causes

wet  Beijing Biddies Kate Sleath (left) and Edwina Sorkin.  (130925M8a)
wet Beijing Biddies Kate Sleath (left) and Edwina Sorkin. (130925M8a)

A couple of sixty-something women aiming to are drive more than 8,500 miles from Yorkshire to Beijing in China in the hope of raising £150,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research UK.

Former Wetherby neighbours Kate Sleath, 63, of Wetherby, and Edwina Sorkin, 68, now of Kirkby Stephen, decided to embark upon the epic journey having witnessed the impact Macmillan and Cancer Research UK have on cancer patients and their families.

Retired international businesswoman Edwina said: “I was personally touched by this awful disease when my daughter Deby was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer.

“Thanks to Cancer Research UK, Deby was able to take part in a clinical which was helping to develop better treatments for women like her.

“And I’m so grateful as she remains extremely well and continues to lead a full life with a successful career.

“We also wanted to donate half of the money to Macmillan Cancer Support, as cancer is one of the toughest fights anyone will face and the Macmillan teams are there to advise, care and support people through the terrible trauma of this disease.”

Leaving Wetherby on May 1 next year, the women - the Beijing Biddies - will travel through Eastern Europe, Russia, Kazakhstan and Mongolia en route to China over the course of 30 days, without support.

Over the next few months they will be trying to raise as much money as possible through fundraising events and are appealing for donations of fuel, spare parts for the vehicle and GPS equipment.

Kate, a former rally driver, said: “This challenge includes so many elements that motivate me and are close to my heart.

“The opportunity to combine my passion for adventure behind the wheel with the challenge of raising £150,000 for two such amazing charities, and to be able to do this with my close friend Edwina, brings out the grit and determination that comes from being a Yorkshire lass with Scottish roots!” Donations via