One show star Alex Jones paired with Penryn teenager for Children in Need rickshaw challenge
A Penryn teenager has been chosen to join The One Show’s mammoth 700-mile rickshaw challenge to raise cash for BBC Children in Need.
Peter Birkett, 17, will be one of only five riders for The One Show’s annual Rickshaw Challenge.
He will join Matt Baker and Alex Jones on the charity ride.
Aged 11, Peter was involved in a car crash that claimed the lives of his mother and sister. Peter attends Penhaligon’s Friends, a charity to help those who’ve lost a close family member which continues to help him through his bereavement. Completing the challenge to honour his mother and sister, Peter will be riding with his father, Geoff.
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Broadcast on The One Show through October and November, Peter will become a regular on the TV screens as we follow his progress with the group.
Peter said: “Six years ago I was in a car accident, in which I lost my mum and sister. I was supported by Penhaligon’s Friends who helped me with my bereavement. They’re funded by BBC Children in Need, so what better way to give some back than through the Rickshaw Challenge? Now that we’re actually doing the challenge, it’s so exciting, I can’t explain it! My dad’s really competitive but so am I, so I’m sure we’ll push each other on.”
The journey begins on Friday November 8 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.
Peter will be undertaking the challenge with his father Geoff; a senior support worker for the Brandon Trust, which supports adults and children with learning disabilities. No stranger to challenging themselves in the name of charity, Peter and Geoff recently completed a 30 mile walk to raise money for Penhaligon’s Friends, an organisation funded by BBC Children in Need which has been supporting children and families facing bereavements since it was founded in 1995.
Alex Jones said: “This is going to be one of the toughest things I’ve ever done, and we will all have our work cut out for us. Cycling through the night will probably be the hardest part. Having supported the Rickshaw Challenge before, I know first-hand what a difference the public support can make, so please, please donate and, even better, come out to the streets to cheer us on!”
Matt Baker added: “As a rickshaw rider myself I know what lies ahead for the team, so the advice I'm giving them is a little sugar coated at the moment, otherwise they might not turn up! I only hope that the UK gets out on the streets as they have done in the past; it's this support that will get them to the finish line.”
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 follow the team on Twitter via #TeamRickshaw, as they travel across the UK.
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.