India beckons for motorbike duo

A 46-year-old woman from Eaton Socon is to embark on one of the motor cycle world s classic trips – a 1,800km journey across India. And for this classic 11-day journey Sheila Jack, will be riding a classic motorbike, an Enfield Bullet – a marque made famo

A 46-year-old woman from Eaton Socon is to embark on one of the motor cycle world's classic trips - a 1,800km journey across India.

And for this classic 11-day journey Sheila Jack, will be riding a classic motorbike, an Enfield Bullet - a marque made famous in the UK, but now only built in India where she will pick it up.

The personal assistant will leave behind her desk job for the open road, taking part in long-distance fundraising challenge.

The ride takes place in November and will cross India's Rajasthan state.

Miss Jack, who works at Royston's Meldreth Manor School, run by the disability charity Scope, will journey across desert and hills and through towns and villages.

Her aim is to raise £5,500 for Meldreth Manor School and Orchard Manor Transition Service.

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She said: "I'm really looking forward to the event. It gives me a great opportunity to take on a real physical and mental challenge, whilst at the same time raising funds for the young people here at Meldreth Manor and Orchard Manor.

"I'm very grateful for the opportunity to experience one of India's most stunning regions in such a unique way."

Meldreth school offers residential care and therapy to students aged nine to 19 years with multiple learning difficulties. Orchard Manor, a new transition service based on the same site at Meldreth, seeks to fill the gap between school and adult life by offering social skills training designed specifically for disabled people aged from 18 to 25 years.

Miss Jack will be joined on the challenge by her partner Mike Pope, 43.

The couple will travel from Delhi through Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Pushkar, Jaipur and Agra and finish at the Taj Mahal.

Scope has been running challenge events since 1996 to fund the its work with disabled people. To date it has raised over £23million.

INFORMATION: Scope is looking for more riders from the Cambridgeshire area to join the India ride. If you are interested in taking part contact Gwen Pearson on 0207 6197767 or e-mail gwen.pearson@scope.org.uk. To sponsor Sheila visit www.justgiving.com/whichwaynow or make cheques payable to Scope and post to: Meldreth School, Fenny Lane, Meldreth, Royston, SG8 6LG.

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