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Matt Baker MBE returns for the 12th Rickshaw Challenge

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This year, The Rickshaw Relay Rides Again (1×60), made by BBC Studios for BBC One, will see 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. Each rider will take 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.

The Rickshaw Relay will take place between Monday 17 October and Friday 21 October and this year, in a first for the challenge, BBC Breakfast will be live with Matt Baker MBE and the team every morning from 6am where the public will be able to follow their journey. The challenge will then be broadcast in a documentary, The Rickshaw Relay Rides Again, on BBC One on Tuesday 15 November.

This one-off special, will not only share the team’s remarkable stories but also celebrate the history of this much loved BBC Children in Need staple, while at the same time raising life-changing money for the charity, as part of its 2022 Appeal.

Matt Baker MBE, who has ridden alongside inspirational Rickshaw riders, all supported by BBC Children in Need, on the Rickshaw Challenge for the last 12 years, says: “I am so excited to get back on the road again. This is the highlight of my year and I can’t wait for you to meet this group of riders who all have their own inspiring stories to tell.

“We’d love to have your support on the road this year, but if you can’t make it please tune in and watch us on BBC Breakfast every morning, and when the documentary airs on 15th November. We know it’s a challenging year for everyone, but if you’re able to donate, it would be greatly appreciated and it will make a huge difference to the lives of children and young people all over the UK.”

In a special twist this year, a sixth day of the challenge will be held at Silverstone with members of the public invited to come and cycle alongside the rickshaw and clock up as many miles around the world famous racing track as possible to raise money for BBC Children in Need.

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

The Rickshaw Riders will be announced later this week on BBC Breakfast.

Notes to Editors

Routes – Start and End Points

Day one – Monday 17 October – Sunderland to Durham
Day two – Tuesday 18 October – Warrington to Wrexham
Day three – Wednesday 19 October – Aberystwyth
Day four – Thursday 20 October – Birmingham to Kenilworth
Day five – Friday 21 October – Wellingborough to Silverstone