Matt Baker MBE returned for the 12th Rickshaw Challenge with a special programme for BBC Children in Need
This year, The Rickshaw Relay Rides Again (1×60), made by BBC Studios for BBC One, saw Matt Baker MBE and a team of five incredibly inspiring young people, all of whom have been supported by BBC Children in Need funded projects, take on a relay-style ride over five days.
The Rickshaw Relay took place between Monday 17 October and Friday 21 October and this year, in a first for the challenge, BBC Breakfast was live with Matt Baker MBE and the team every morning from 6am where the public will be able to follow their journey.
Each rider took a section of the journey, travelling through their hometowns and visiting places across the UK which hold a particular significance for them along the way.
On Friday 21st October, we followed Tabitha from Wellingborough to Silverstone as she talks about her journey of when she was diagnosed with Stage 3 Ovarian cancer and the support she received from a local charity, supported by Children in Need.
The challenge will be broadcast in a documentary, The Rickshaw Relay Rides Again, on BBC One on Tuesday 15 November.
The route Tabitha took from Wellingborough to Silverstone
Wellingborough Town Council went along to cheer Tabitha on her mamouth journey from Wellingborough School to Silverstone on Friday.
Along with the BBC news crew, Matt Baker and Tabitha were joined by The Mayor, Cllr Jon Ekins, who was at the starting point telling everyone to “Donate, Donate, Donate!” The Deputy Mayor, Cllr Valerie Anslow and the Leader of the Council, Cllr Graham Lawman, were also present cheering them on as she peddled through the school grounds out onto the roads of Wellingborough.
Tommy Nagra, BBC Children in Need Content Director, says:
“We want you to get on your bike and Pedal for Pudsey.
We want you to get sponsored and get turning those wheels… whether you’re riding around your favourite spot or cycling to work, you could be on the open road or in your living room, you can help raise money that will make a life changing difference to children right across the UK.
We’ve got everything you need to take on your own challenge, inspired by the Rickshaw Relay. Simply head to bbcchildreninneed.co.uk.”
Viewers who would like to follow the Rickshaw Relay on its journey will be able to follow via BBC Breakfast every morning, on @BBCBreakfast and @BBCCiN on social media and via the tracker