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Couple holiday in a rickshaw

A couple who were looking for something a bit different for their annual holiday, decided to travel across India in a rickshaw.

Bridget Dempsey, 32, and husband Gareth Turner, 30, from Barnsbury, spent two weeks travelling 3,980 kilometres across the country and raising more than £1,500 for charity at the same time.

Bridget, a freelance PR consultant, said: “We were both looking to do something a bit different for our holidays and we’re both really keen on doing things for charity, so we wanted to go on an adventure but raise some money for good causes along the way.

“The roads were really scary. Some of the highways don’t have anything down the middle and people drive on the wrong side of the road. There were camels, tanks, tractors and people wheeling carts, it was just unbelievable.

“The traffic conditions were like nothing I’ve ever experienced. I’m originally from Australia and I thought the roads here in London were bad enough. But when I got back and started riding my bike again, it was nothing compared to India.

“We got some amazing help from the locals. It was terrifying and exhilarating but really wonderful and we loved every minute of it.”

Their journey was part of the Rickshaw Run challenge with Adventurists, in which around 60 other people took part. The route took them from Jaisalmer, in Rajasthan, to Cochin, in Kerala.

The money raised by the couple will be split between humanitarian organisation Care International and clean drinking water campaign Frank Water.

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