Children in Need challenge to pass through region once more

Alex and Pudsey will cross into Scotland as part of their challenge.
Alex and Pudsey will cross into Scotland as part of their challenge.

The One Show has announced the return of the Rickshaw Challenge for BBC Children in Need which will pass through Cairnryan Port.

Now in its third year, the team has plans for its biggest and most difficult challenge ever. For the first time, riders will visit all four UK nations, pedalling around the clock to cover approximately 700 miles and raise money for disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

‘Team Rickshaw’ will be made up of five young people, each supported by projects funded by BBC Children in Need, who’ll be riding with partners including The One Show’s Alex Jones. Four of the riders will be partnered with a parent. Rickshaw veteran Matt Baker will also support the ride, acting as a mentor and cycling alongside the riders on their eight-day relay journey across the UK. As those who have benefited from the charity’s work first hand, the young riders are undertaking the challenge to raise as much money as possible to help other young people across the country.

The journey begins on Friday 8th November in Northern Ireland. The team will then cross the Irish Sea into Scotland, before pedalling down the west of England and into Wales. Finally the team will head back into England, finishing at BBC Elstree live on the BBC Children in Need Appeal Show on Friday 15th.

The route will cover approximately 700 miles; some 290 miles more than the 411 completed in 2012. For the first time, the team will ride around the clock with all riders taking turns to do a nightshift. Throughout the journey they will face challenging terrain and potentially harsh winter weather conditions.

The One Show will be on the road with Team Rickshaw and will broadcast live every weeknight from the finish lines, beginning with Larne on Friday 8th November and then Bolton (11th), Birmingham (12th), Abergavenny (13th) and Oxford (14th).

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 and on Twitter via #TeamRickshaw.

To support the challenge and donate £5, text “TEAM ‘to 70705. Texts cost £5 plus one standard rate message; £5 will go to BBC Children in Need. Go to bbc.co.uk/oneshow for full terms and conditions. You must be over 16 and ask the bill payer’s permission.