Children in Need's Rickshaw Challenge coming to Keynsham and Saltford

Published on: 04 Nov 2015

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November 2015

BBC One presenter Matt Baker is calling on people in Keynsham and Saltford to line the streets on November 10 to cheer on a team of young riders cycling 470 miles for Children in Need.

The Rickshaw Challenge will see six young people who have been supported by projects funded by the appeal set off from Land’s End on November 6, reaching their final destination Elstree in East London in time for the BBC Children in Need Appeal Show on Friday, November 13.

The One Show presenter Matt Baker will be cycling alongside the team throughout the challenge, which will reach Keynsham and Saltford on Day 5 as the team leave Bristol via the A4, heading for Winchester by the end of the day.

Speaking of this year’s challenge, Matt said: “It’s that time of year again, and this year’s Team Rickshaw will be warming up for their biggest challenge yet. It’s going to be tough but with your help we’re hoping to raise more much-needed money for BBC Children in Need.

“We have a truly inspiring group taking on the challenge, and they all have brilliant stories to tell, so please do get behind them and do all you can to show your support, it really will help make a difference.”

Co-host Alex Jones will be joining the team on the road and reporting from the studio during the challenge and said: “I am delighted that the Rickshaw Challenge is returning again this year, every year we are astounded at the support people across the UK give to the challenge, and we hope this year will be no different.

“I know first-hand just how difficult it can be, so I am asking you all to dig deep and show your support for this year’s team.”

The team of young riders includes 18-year-old Erin from Scotland, who suffers with juvenile idiopathic arthritis and is a member of Arthritis Care, and 16-year-old Lucy from South Yorkshire, who has cerebral palsy, deafness and sight problems and attends the Cramlington Voluntary Youth Project.

They will be joined by George, 17, from Surrey, whose dad died following a cycling accident in 2012 and who has been supported by bereavement group Tommy D, and 17-year-old Amira from the West Midlands whose elder sister Elle requires 24-hour care following a brain haemorrhage – both sisters are now supported by The Children’s Trust.

Completing the team are Elliot, 16, from Essex, who has battled a rare blood cancer with the support of Teens Unite and is riding in memory of good friend Sadie, and George, 16, from London, who has Down’s syndrome and attends Pro Corda, which uses music to allow disabled and special education needs children to progress socially and personally.

Since 2011, the Rickshaw Challenge has raised over £7.9 million for BBC Children in Need, which has gone to projects supporting disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.

One Show viewers will be able to follow Team Rickshaw’s progress each day, and updates will also be available online at bbc.co.uk/pudsey.

To support the challenge, you can donate either £5 or £10 by text. To donate £5 text the word TEAM to 70705 or to donate £10 text GIVE to 70710. Texts will cost your donation plus the standard network message change.

For more information and full terms and conditions go to bbc.co.uk/pudsey.

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