BBC Children in Need’s Rickshaw Challenge arrives in King’s Lynn, led by the One Show’s Matt Baker

The One Show's Rickshaw Challenge arrives on King Staithe Square in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

The One Show's Rickshaw Challenge arrives on King Staithe Square in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Six young riders, accompanied by BBC's The One Show presenter Matt Baker peddled their way into King's Lynn this evening as part of the 470-mile Rickshaw Challenge for BBC Children in Need.

Children in Need's Pudsey Bear in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

Children in Need's Pudsey Bear in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Mr Baker is broadcasting live from the town throughout tonight's One Show, as part of the bid to raise money for the annual fundraiser.

The team is covering a 470-mile journey from the Scottish market town of Jedburgh to London, and today's stretch was from Skegness around The Wash to King's Lynn.

But Mr Baker said that while the terrain may have been flat, emotions were up and down as 18-year-old Andy Davies from Derbyshire met Sophie who donated her bone marrow and saved his life.

At 13, Mr Davies was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia, an aggressive blood cancer.

The One Show's Rickshaw Challenge arrives on King Staithe Square in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

The One Show's Rickshaw Challenge arrives on King Staithe Square in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt


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He was bedridden and needed blood transfusions, five rounds of chemotherapy and eventually a bone marrow transplant to reduce the chances of the cancer returning.

Andy said during the broadcast: 'I've never been so emotional in my life. To stand in front of her and be able to say thank you.'

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Riding the Rickshaw into King's Lynn was Ebony Robinson, 18, who has Ataxia-Telangiectasia, an immunodeficiency disease.

Miss Robinson, from Bournemouth, is the first wheelchair user ever to ride the rickshaw and proudly represents the A-T Society, the charity that supports her and her family.

The One Show's Rickshaw Challenge arrives on King Staithe Square in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

The One Show's Rickshaw Challenge arrives on King Staithe Square in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

During the show, the King's Lynn Minster choir revealed the challenge had so far raised £1,116,133.

You can follow the route here: http://pudsey.viewranger.com/

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