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Brave Manchester women embark on epic 1500-mile Tuk-Tuk journey in aid of cancer charity

By Ben Ireland

Three brave Manchester women are taking to Britain’s roads tomorrow in a 1500 mile cancer charity auto-rickshaw ride.

Joanne Flitcroft, Hannah Reeves and Nicole Xodo are embarking on their 10-day journey, which stretches the length and breadth of the country, in aid of Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention.

Joanne Flitcroft, who was diagnosed with breast cancer just a year ago, said she wanted to give back to the charity.

She said: “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.”

The Pink Ribbon Rickshaw, which can reach maximum speeds of 35mph, will venture as far afield as Edinburgh, Cardiff and London.

At each stage they will complete challenges, including a military-style rifle range challenge at Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire.

Joanne added: “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.”

They have been promised a £500 donation if they get a photo with a member of parliament in the three capitals they pass through.

The girls have planned a photo with Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne in London before returning to cross the finish line on July 8 at Panacea in Alderley Edge, where a party will be thrown in their honour.

To kick-start proceedings, the ladies will be undertaking a strenuous boot camp, led by former boxer Bobbie-Joe Edwards.

Manufacturers McVitie’s have organised biscuit themed challenges at their factories in Stockport and Carlisle, while KP have set up a nutty test for the fundraisers.

Manchester-based charity, Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention, is the only organisation in the UK that is dedicated to prediction and prevention of breast cancer.

Chairman Lester Barr said: “Prevention is better than cure – so support Joanne, Hannah and Nicole and help us accelerate the pace of our prevention research.

“Ten days in a Tuk-Tuk? Joanne’s not mad, just passionate about a great cause.”

This isn’t the first of Joanne’s Tuk-Tuk adventures. In 2010, she and her fiancée drove a rickshaw 2,243 miles from Pokhara in Nepal to Kochi in India.

The rickshaws are small, motorised, three-wheeled vehicles with little more power than a lawnmower.

They are powered by a moped-style engine, with one driver in the front and space for three on a bench in the back.

Donations can be made via the team’s JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/pinkribbonrickshaw or by texting “PINK90 £5” or “PINK90 £10” to 70070.

To keep up-to-date with their journey go to www.pinkribbonrickshaw.co.uk

For more information about Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention, visit www.genesisuk.org

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