The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge in aid of the BBC Children in Need appeal will be pedalling into Buxton on Sunday evening.
Now in its fourth year, and having raised over £5 million for the charity, the team is hoping to smash records on the way to its best year of fundraising yet.
Having set off from BBC’s Media City, near Manchester, on Friday, the rickshaw will undertake a 450-mile ‘Salford to Walford’ journey across England, finishing live at the iconic EastEnders set during the BBC Children in Need appeal on November 14.
‘Team Rickshaw’ is made up of five young riders, who have each been supported by projects funded by BBC Children in Need, with support from The One Show presenters Matt Baker, live from the road as he cycles alongside the team, and Alex Jones from the studio.
The Sunday leg of the challenge begins in Liverpool and culminates in Buxton, with the rickshaw scheduled to arrive at the Pavilion Gardens sometime between 6.30pm and 8pm. Check the website link above for updates on the team’s progress.
Monday’s leg from Buxton to Nottingham will see the team set out early across the Peak District, with their route taking in Flash and Longnor, before joining the A515 near Hurdlow and heading out towards Newhaven and the A5012 to Cromford.
Matt said: “We’re hoping that Team Rickshaw will raise more than ever, so the pressure is really on for the riders.”
Added Alex: “Once again we’re calling on everyone to show their support and push Team Rickshaw to their most successful year yet!”
This year’s Team Rickshaw members are: Matthew, 16, from Swadlincote; Flo,17, from Powys in Mid Wales; Jess, 16, from Kettering, Northamptonshire; Carolina, 18, from Tottenham; and Alex, 20, from Misbourne Valley, Buckinghamshire.
This year, in addition to pedalling the rickshaw, the young riders will be asked to give a speech to an audience, talking about their motivations for the challenge and their own personal journeys.
To support the challenge and donate £5; text TEAM to 70705. Alternatively to donate £10; text TEAM to 70710. Texts cost £5 or £10 respectively plus one standard rate message; £5 or £10 will go to BBC Children in Need. Go to bbc.co.uk/pudsey for full terms and conditions. You must be over 16 and ask the bill payer’s permission.