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