IT’S ALL GO AT TUK TUK TO TURKEY HQ

It has been a very busy couple of weeks at Tuk Tuk to Turkey HQ!

We have been learning to drive the tuk tuk around the lanes in the Cotswolds which has been quite nerve wracking with the narrow lanes, high cow parsley and sharp bends. Rachel had a near miss with a large coach barrelling around the corner and Bharat managed to mount the pavement in Naunton village at 30km hour before dismounting it equally fast and shooting off towards a junction – stopping just in time! James and Amy had their first try at driving the tuk tuk over the weekend which was far more successful! James even managed a perfect reverse into a field gateway. Gold star!

The tuk tuk needs ‘running in’ like an old-fashioned car for the first 1000km which means not going over 30mph even in 4th gear on the main roads. Actually 30mph with no sides to the vehicle feels quite fast though and also very breezy and cold even on a lovely warm day!

Rachel has recorded a 1 hour radio interview with Charles Dewhurst interspersed with music on Radio Winchcombe in which she talks about Emily, epilepsy, SUDEP and Tuk Tuk to Turkey. The show will be aired on 107.1FM on Saturday 26thMay at 2pm and will be available online thereafter at http://radio winchcombe.co.uk

 

This weekend we have been shooting a short film about what we are doing with the tuk tuk and why we are doing it. We hope that it will promote our cause and raise awareness. A young film maker called Sam Metcalfe very kindly offered to make the film for free and he brought along a great crew who worked incredibly hard for 2 days. The weather was amazing and we should have some amazing shots of the tuk tuk trundling up and down the Cotswold hills as well as the serious stuff about epilepsy and SUDEP and the Prevent 21 campaign.

 

We have also been finalising our on-line auction which goes LIVE at 9am on Sat 2ndJune. We have some incredible auction lots from a week in a ski chalet in Verbier to a portrait commission to dinner for 8 cooked by a Cordon Bleu chef in your home to Chelsea and Arsenal tickets! There are over 50 different items so there is something for everyone!

Head to http://jumblebee.co.uk/tuktuktoturkey and have a browse at what we have on offer. Make your plan and put the date in your diary to make sure you don’t miss out!

Bharat is putting the final changes to our route in place and we will be updating Our Route page very soon. He has even booked our ferry tickets across the English Channel.

We also have some very kind friends arranging various fundraising events on our behalf from a quiz night in Cold Aston, Gloucestershire on Sunday 10th June at 6pm to a summer lunch party. On 12thMay, Emily’s friend from Leeds, Pete McEwan held a Race Night in Shoreditch which served cocktails called SUMO (after Emily’s nickname) and held an amazing raffle. The night was hilarious fun and raised well over £2000 for SUDEP Action.

The coming weeks look equally packed with new avenues and offers to explore so it’s all very exciting!