Goodwood Estate to host The One Show's Children in Need Rickshaw Challenge

Matt Baker, the former presenter of The One Show, is set to cycle 332 miles around the Goodwood Estate with six young people supported by Children In Need project.

Now in its tenth year, the 2020 Rickshaw Challenge for BBC Children in Need will be shown every weekday evening on The One Show.

Despite leaving the show in March after a decade, Baker will be taking on the challenge once again, from tomorrow (Saturday, November 7) until next Friday (November 13).

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He said: “In a year that has been tough for everyone, I am delighted that we can bring the Rickshaw Challenge back for the tenth year.

Matt Baker, the former presenter of The One Show, is set to cycle 332 miles around the Goodwood Estate with six young people supported by Children In Need project.

"In the spirit of doing what we can, we’re doing our best to make it as safe as possible for everybody involved and that includes our supporters that would usually come out to see us.

"So this year instead of coming out on the streets we’re asking people to support us from the comfort of their own homes by tuning in to The One Show each evening.”

The annual challenge tells the 'powerful stories' of its 'heroic young riders', who are, this year, aged between 14 and 19.

However, this year will have a slightly different format due to Covid-19 restrictions.

The team plan to ride the equivalent of Baker's first solo Rickshaw ride in 2011, from Edinburgh to London – 332 miles in a straight line – but from within the 'iconic grounds of Glorious Goodwood'.

The team will have to cover a variety of terrains to reach their target each day, in time for a live broadcast into The One Show each evening at 7pm.

Tommy Nagra, director of content at BBC Children in Need said: “For the young people who have taken part in The Rickshaw Challenge, the impact has been life changing.

"A lot of care and attention has gone into making sure this year’s challenge tells their inspiring life stories whilst ensuring their welfare and safety is paramount.

"We look forward to working with the team at The One Show to deliver what promises to be a very special event from Goodwood in our anniversary year.”

Rob Unsworth, head of The One Show, said the Rickshaw Challenge is 'one of the highlights' in the show's calendar.

He added: "We’re delighted to be bringing back the Rickshaw Challenge and marking its tenth year.

"We know that our viewers will be just as excited as we are to follow Team Rickshaw’s journey with Matt by their side throughout.”

To mark the challenge's tenth anniversary, Baker will revisit riders and update The One Show viewers on their stories.

The Rickshaw Challenge has so far raised £35,373,713 for BBC Children in Need.

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