A very Bedford welcome for BBC Children in Need’s Rickshaw Challenge

Rickshaw Challenge BBC Children in Need 2019

Bedford’s Harpur Square was packed last night (Thursday) as Matt Baker and the Rickshaw Challenge team arrived in Bedford, their last overnight stop on their 400 mile journey from Holyhead to London.

BBC’s The One Show broadcast live from Bedford as Emma took the Rickshaw over the Bedford finish line where team mates: Josh, Adelle, Kelsey, Thomas, Uche and Matt were cheering her on.

Speaking to the crowd, Matt Baker said they’d be “feasting on Bedfordshire Clangers tonight” as a reward for the hard work.

Matt Baker later told the Bedford Independent, “The turnout at Bedford tonight was so welcoming after a really tough, cold and wet day on the road.

“Seeing everyone out in support really does give myself and Team Rickshaw the motivation to keep peddling!

“We have a team of six incredible young people who each has their own story to tell to help inspire young people who might be facing similar challenges.

“BBC Children in Need supports over 3000 projects and charities across the UK and it’s thanks to the generosity and support of the public all across the UK and in towns like Bedford, which makes this possible.”

Also at the finish line were the Pilgrims School Choir singing ‘A Million Dreams’. Mum’s of the young singers joined the Bedford Independent in the media area.

One mum, Fizzy Egan, said: “They’ve been practicing so hard… I am crazy proud. My little girl is singing to a nation when she should be going to bed.

“But they’re learning about charity and that they should raise money for other people.”

The Rickshaw Challenge started in 2011 with Matt Baker cycling a rickshaw from Edinburgh to London in eight days, raising over a million pounds.

Since then, groups of young people previously supported by BBC Children in Need have taken on the challenge.

The challenge has now gone on to raise over £25million

To donate to the Rickshaw Challenge, head to their fundraising page.

Now more than ever, we need your help to fund the Bedford Independent’s quality journalism that serves our community...

We choose to champion editorial independence, meaning we report the facts without bias and can stand up to those in power when we believe it’s needed.

We can give a voice to people in our community whose voices may otherwise not be heard. And we don’t have a paywall, so everyone can read the stories we publish for free.

But in this time of crisis, many news organisations all over the world are facing existential threat, with advertising revenues plummeting. We’re no different.

We work hard every day to bring you news, commentary, entertainment and announcements from across Bedford. We hope that, with your help, we’ll be able to continue this for many years to come.

Will you help sustain our work today by clicking below ? Even a small donation makes a difference for our future.

Thank you for your support.