Ladies in pink on trip of lifetime

A MOTHER-of-three with Motor Neurone Disease will today begin her bid to quad bike the length of the British Isles with her best friend.

A MOTHER-of-three with Motor Neurone Disease will today begin her bid to quad bike the length of the British Isles with her best friend.

Suzie Rush, of Bradfield St George, flew to Scotland yesterday before boarding a train from Inverness to the starting point of her 874-mile adventure - John O'Groats.

Each year Mrs Rush, 44, undertakes a daring challenge with her best friend Deborah Turpin. This year is no different, except for the fact she was diagnosed with the terminal condition MND, which will eventually rob her of movement.

The friends are to become “2pinkladies” to quad bike the length of the country in flamboyant leathers to raise money for Bury-based St Nicholas Hospice.

They will ride from the very tip of Scotland to Land's End in Cornwall.

Speaking to the EADT last night, Suzie, a health and beauty lecturer at West Suffolk College in Bury, told how she interrupted the safety announcements by the Ryanair cabin crew to tell fellow air passengers about her challenge - who then raised £150 for them.

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Mrs Rush said she was excited about the adventure ahead.

They will be supported by friends, family and a smattering of celebrities, including England rugby union star Matthew Tait, who is to join them during a leg of the journey, and TV personality Graham Norton.

Mr Norton said: “I think Suzie and Debs are fantastic and I wish them well in their challenge.

“St Nicholas Hospice Care is such a worthwhile cause because it provides a tremendous service of support and care to the whole local community. Good luck pink ladies.”

The 2pinkladies challenge will set off today and arrive at Land's End on October 25.

For further information and sponsorship visit www.2pinkladies.co.uk.

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