Lindfield doctor ready for Indian rickshaw challenge

MST 100315  Dr Mandy Claiden. cycling across India in a Rickshaw. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-151003-224323001
MST 100315 Dr Mandy Claiden. cycling across India in a Rickshaw. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-151003-224323001

A doctor and her family are taking on a gruelling challenge – journeying more than 1500 miles across India in a rickshaw.

Mandy Claiden, 57, from Lindfield is raising money for three different charities with the help of husband David Brooker, 64, and 25-year-old daughter Scarlet Hutchinson.

The problem with rickshaws is that they are unbelievably unstable.

Mandy Claiden

“We get two days of learning how to drive our rickshaw. Then we all set off,” said Mandy, who works at the Brow Medical Centre in Burgess Hill.

“Mostly I think it is going to be great. The problem with rickshaws is that they are unbelievably unstable.”

The challenge – organised by The Adventurists – will see the family travel 2,700km from north west to north east India in just two weeks.

But Mandy is no stranger to a challenge, having trekked in Nepal two years ago.

“It makes me sound a lot better than I actually am. People just used to come up to me on the trek and just pat me.”

Mandy said she was a ‘bit apprehensive’ about the trip, but is ‘mostly completely fine’.

The family are raising money for Centrepoint, Cool Earth and Riders for Health.