CYCLING across India would be a holiday of a life time for some, but one woman wants to make that dream a reality in return for help with her charity.

Leah Pattison from Wolsingham is planning an exotic trip for charity, Women in Need, which she co-founded.

She has worked in India for the past 23 years but now helps run the charity, which supports women the Indian government doesn’t want to help, from her home in Weardale.

To raise money she is offering a ten-day holiday in India which participants can enjoy, however they will also see what the charity does.

There will be three days doing a cycle challenge to raise money, starting in the city of Nagpur and going 250 miles to Pachmarhi, which is an old British Raj hill station known as the jewel of the Satpura mountain range. However for those who do not think they are capable there will be a mini bus on hand.

Participants will also visit Pench national park, the place that inspired Rudyard Kiplin to write the Jungle Book, and stay in heritage buildings across central India

After they will spend two day in the city of Jaipur, sightseeing in the captial of Rajasthan. The rest of the days will be spent observing the charities work across central India.

The charity helps women who have been neglected due to diseases and mental health issues, usually from under privileged backgrounds.

It also educates people to prevent the spread of diseases and improve the effects of poor mental health. The charity helps to rescue women and treat them for whatever illness they have.

Ms Pattison said: “It is important to get this stuff out as the Indian government has passed new legislation to censor charities and the media from reporting on the negatives.”

There are plans for another trip the following year.

Ten more volunteers are needed for the trip of a life time.

To get involved, contact Ms Pattison, who will give out an itinerary, via

Volunteers must raise £500 and all accommodation and travel will be paid for.