Tall order for telly’s Beccy

Beccy Meehan with her BBC North West Tonight and Radio Lancashire colleague Graham Liver
Beccy Meehan with her BBC North West Tonight and Radio Lancashire colleague Graham Liver
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At 6ft 2ins, Beccy Meehan admits she’s always been known as ‘that tall girl from Lancashire’.

But Beccy is hitting the heights where it matters in her broadcasting career.

Now she’s about to take on a towering challenge, taking part in the world’s highest ever rugby league match at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.

The mum-of-one from Lancaster will be off to Africa in October to report first-hand on a trek to raise money for the Steve Prescott Foundation.

The charity was set up by international rugby player and fundraiser Steve Prescott, who died of cancer in 2013.

As a member of Lancaster Triathalon Club, Beccy’s love of sport and fitness will stand her in good stead on the gruelling climb.

She will film the whole experience for TV and take part in a rugby league match with professional players past and present at the summit.

The challenge is to climb the 19,341ft mountain in just six days. Then the team will mark out a full sized rugby pitch, erect two sets of inflatable rugby posts, and play a full game of rugby league.

Beccy was educated at Bowerham Primary School and then Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School, before going on to university to study politics and economics.

She has also worked for the Blackpool Citizen, American business news TV channel CNBC and news agency Bloomberg. Before her trip to Africa, the North West Tonight presenter and roving reporter is enjoying her current stint hosting the breakfast show on BBC Radio Lancashire.

Beccy is standing in for her friend and colleague Graham Liver. You can hear her on Radio Lancs every weekday morning from 6am to 9am until September 29.