Children In Need’s Rickshaw Challenge arrives in Preston during 500-mile epic

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Pudsey paid a visit to Lancashire as the Children In Need’s Rickshaw Challenge team pedalled its way through the county yesterday.

And schoolchildren turned out to welcome the cuddly charity bear on the latest leg of a 500-mile trek from London to Glasgow.

Matt Baker and the BBC Children In Need team on their Rickshaw Challenge passing through Preston

Matt Baker and the BBC Children In Need team on their Rickshaw Challenge passing through Preston


The Rickshaw team, featuring six young people who have been helped by Children In Need in the past, cycled from Media City in Salford Quays to Morecambe on day five of the epic journey.


Pedalling alongside was Matt Baker of the BBC TV programme The One Show. And the team’s arrival at the Eric Morecambe statue was due to be shown live on the programme.


“I always look forward to this,” said Matt. “It’s the highlight of my year. It’s a an epic 500-mile cycle, but I just know that our six young riders have the determination and grit to make it.”


The Rickshaw Challenge has raised more than £16m for Children In Need since it started in 2011.


It travelled through Hoghton, Walton-le-Dale, Preston, Fulwood, Broughton and up the A6 to Morecambe.