YORKSHIRE’S Thelma and Louise have set off on an adventure of a lifetime - driving 8,500 miles to Beijing in an attempt to raise £150,000 for charity.
Self-named ‘Beijing Biddies’ Kate Sleath and Edwina Sorkin, who met when they were neighbours in Wetherby, were waved off by family, fiends and supporters as they set off to catch an overnight ferry to Rotterdam yesterday and they start their cross-continental journey.
They will travel in a seven-year-old Nissan Pathfinder 4x4 across unknown terrain through Holland, Northern Europe, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Siberia and Mongolia to China on a meticulously planned month-long route.
The plan came about after Edwina, 68, read about the famous Peking to Paris classic car rally, and suggested it would make a fantastic fundraising challenge.
Both of the woman have been touched by cancer and had supported Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research UK, their chosen charities, in the past. They have already raised more than £21,000.
Kate, 63, said: “We’ve had an amazing send off and can’t believe we’re now on the road. It’s been 16 months of planning since Edwina’s amazing idea and the money is already trickling in.”
Kate, of Ingmanthorpe Hall, said she was most looking forward to travelling through Russia and Mongolia, where she said “the lack of tarmac could be interesting.”
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