A trio of Mancunian fundraisers have been travelling through Britain on an auto-rickshaw for charity and today marks the final leg of their challenge.
On Friday 29 June, friends Joanne Flitcroft, Hannah Reeves and Nicole Xodo - dressed in pink race suits - crossed the start line in their brightly decorated Indian auto-rickshaw, setting off on their 1,500 mile journey around the UK. It's all in aid of Manchester-based charity, Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention, in Wythenshawe, with every penny raised going towards to the cause.
After 10 days on the road the girls are heading back to Manchester today and will cross the finish line at Alderley Edge, where there will be a party.
Joanne, 41, was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2011 and was treated by consultant surgeon Lester Barr, the chairman of Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention. Joanne explains:
"Following my treatment for breast cancer, I wanted to do something to help and support Genesis. After discounting all the sensible options, I came up with this. A tour of the country in the Pink Ribbon Rickshaw will be no mean feat. It has a top speed of 30 miles per hour and the engine capacity is the same as a push-along lawnmower!"We've already had a fantastic amount of encouragement from people in Manchester and hope we'll receive a similar reception when we stop off at cities around the UK."
Lester Barr, chairman of Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention, said: "Ten days in a Tuk-Tuk? Joanne's not mad, just passionate about a great cause. Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention is the only UK charity dedicated entirely to preventing the disease. Prevention is better than cure - so support Joanne, Hannah and Nicole and help us accelerate the pace of our prevention research!"
In 2007, Genesis opened Europe's first purpose-built Breast Cancer Prevention Centre in Manchester. Currently, one in 10 women, and one in 1,000 men, will develop breast cancer in their lifetime - through the funding of vital medical research, Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention aims to make one in 10, none in 10.