A BBC Children in Need fundraiser backed by The One Show rode into town yesterday (Sunday, November 9).
The BBC Children in Need’s Team Rickshaw visited Ellesmere Port as part of a 450-mile, seven-day challenge to ride from the BBC’s Media City in Salford in a journey across England to the EastEnders set in fictional Walford, dubbed ‘Salford to Walford’.
The challenge, in its fourth year, saw five young people get on their bikes to tackle the huge test to raise money for the charity.
They powered the rickshaw across the country and made speeches en route telling their own stories.
The One Show presenters offered their support and advice with Matt Baker live from the road as he cycled alongside the team and Alex Jones from The One Show studios.
Matt gave the riders some much-needed encouragement and also shared his own tips, having undertaken the challenge himself in previous years as has Alex.
The rickshaw challenge has raised more than £5m for Children in Need and the team is hoping to smash the record.
The five young people, age 16 to 20, are each supported by projects funded by BBC Children in Need.
Matt said: “We’re hoping that Team Rickshaw will raise more than ever, so the pressure is really on for the riders. And of course, to the great British public we need your support.”
Alex added: “The Rickshaw Challenge is always tough. I can still recall the aches and pain from last year’s challenge and can vouch it’s a seriously tough journey, even harder without support from the adult riders.
“This year’s team is fantastic and their sheer determination will get them through. Once again we’re calling on everyone to show their support and push Team Rickshaw to their most successful year yet!”
David Ramsden, BBC Children in Need chief executive, said: “The One Show Rickshaw Challenge is very special event. At its heart is an amazing team of young people who help to unite the UK in making a real difference for young people.”
One Show viewers will be able to follow their progress each day and updates will also be available online at bbc.co.uk/pudsey and on Twitter via #TeamRickshaw.