Edwina Currie launches Whaley Bridge charity’s rickshaw challenge

Edwina Currie with Simon Hawthorne, director of Whaley Bridge-based charity Life Association, at the launch of the rickshaw challenge.
Edwina Currie with Simon Hawthorne, director of Whaley Bridge-based charity Life Association, at the launch of the rickshaw challenge.

A team of riders from a Whaley Bridge-based charity are embarking on a 300-mile sponsored bike ride around the north of England - on a traditional Indian rickshaw.

Over the course of six days, the team will pedal a route from Derbyshire to Blackpool, The Lakes, Ripon, Leeds and back to Wythenshawe. They aim to raise £20,000 for Life Association, a charity which provides schools and homes for some of the poorest children in India.

Charity owner Simon Hawthorne, who was joined by Edwina Currie for the launch of the challenge outside Whaley Bridge’s Mechanics Institute on Monday, said: “Rickshaws are not easy to ride as they have no gears and no back brakes so the journey is expected to be quite tough – especially around the Lakes and the hills of North Yorkshire, but the two-man cycle team are hoping to raise £20,000 for their efforts to help the children we support in rural India.”

More information about the Rickshaw Challenge and Life Association can be found at www.lifeassociation.co.uk.