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Cumbrian supergrans head for Beijing

Kate Sleath Photo: ITV News Border

Two grandmothers from Cumbria are beginning a challenge of a lifetime by driving themselves to China, to raise money for cancer charities.

Edwina Sorkin, who is 68, and her 63-year-old best friend Kate Sleath, are hoping to reach Beijing in 30 days.

Edwina Sorkin Credit: ITV News Border

The 'Beijing Biddies' are planning on travelling with minimal comfort and support, and hope to raise around £150,000 for Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Ms Sorkin, who is a retired international Avon manager, was inspired to help the charities after her daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer seven years ago in her mid-30s.

"As a mother you feel totally helpless, there is nothing you can do that's tangible that can make it better, but obviously you give all the love and support. It is a terrible thing."

The causes are also close to Ms Sleath's heart, having lost her aunt to the disease and watched it claim the life of a close friend's 23-year-old son.

– Edwina Sorkin

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