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The One Show's Rickshaw Challenge for BBC Children in Need visits Histon and Duxford


By Gemma Gardner


Children in Need Pudsey Bear at Histon and Impington Junior School, Histon. Picture: Keith Heppell
Children in Need Pudsey Bear at Histon and Impington Junior School, Histon. Picture: Keith Heppell

Youngsters at Histon and Impington Junior School cheered on The One Show's Rickshaw Challenge when it passed their school gates.

Children in Need Pudsey Bear at Histon and Impington Junior School, Histon. Picture: Keith Heppell
Children in Need Pudsey Bear at Histon and Impington Junior School, Histon. Picture: Keith Heppell

The rickshaw passed through Histon yesterday (Thursday, November 17) on its way to the Imperial War Museum at Duxford for a live broadcast of the BBC’s The One show.

This year a team of six young riders are cycling 470 miles from Jedburgh in Scotland to London, all to raise money for BBC’s Children in Need. So far the group has raised more than £1 million.

All the young riders have been supported by BBC Children in Need-funded projects.

The One Show presenter Matt Baker has been cycling alongside the team offering support and advice throughout the journey.

Children in Need Pudsey Bear at Histon and Impington Junior School, Histon. Picture: Keith Heppell
Children in Need Pudsey Bear at Histon and Impington Junior School, Histon. Picture: Keith Heppell

Heading towards Histon the team were hit by a storm, with 40mph headwinds proving a challenge for the riders.

This year’s team includes 18-year-old Ebony from Bournemouth who, aged three, was diagnosed with Ataxia Telangiectasia (AT), a rare neurological condition that affects her movement and speech, and has left her vulnerable to respiratory infections.

The condition is degenerative and there is no cure.

BBC Children in Need has funded the AT Society to help change that, giving Ebony and her family the chance to meet others who share their experiences, while learning more about the condition.

Children in Need Pudsey Bear at Histon and Impington Junior School, Histon. Picture: Keith Heppell
Children in Need Pudsey Bear at Histon and Impington Junior School, Histon. Picture: Keith Heppell

Speaking on last night’s show from Duxford, Ebony said: “When I was little I could walk and run like everybody else but as I got older it started to deteriorate.

“By the age of 10 I had to use a wheelchair for most things. The hardest thing to know is probably that people with my condition don’t really live long lives

“My attitude to life is to get on with life and be happy. I’m doing the rickshaw challenge to raise money for Children in Need. I love being outside so I can have my freedom and feel the wind through my hair. So please dig into your pockets and give what you can to Children in Need.”

The riders were joined by the central band of the Royal Air Force when they cycled in to the museum.



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