Lucy to take rickshaw challenge

One Show presenters Alex Jones and Matt Baker with Morpeth rider Lucy.
One Show presenters Alex Jones and Matt Baker with Morpeth rider Lucy.

A teenager from Morpeth has been chosen to take part in a charity rickshaw challenge.

Sixteen-year-old Lucy Wox is one of just six young people selected to take part in the One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge in aid of BBC Children in Need.

Lucy stopped growing prematurely before she was born and has cerebral palsy, partial deafness and a sight condition that has limited her eyes’ range of motion.

The family doctor’s initial diagnosis was that Lucy may never walk or talk. But she has defied the original prognosis and can now do both.

Lucy’s can-do attitude has enabled her to persevere despite her medical conditions, allowing her an active and full life.

Now, thanks to her involvement with Cramlington Voluntary Youth Project (CVYP), she will join a team of riders to take on a 470-mile journey from Land’s End to the East End of London to raise money for Children in Need.

Beginning on November 6, the rickshaw team will work their way across England in a bid to cross the finish line in Elstree on Friday, November 13, in time for the Children in Need appeal show.

Lucy said: “I like to challenge myself and recently completed my bronze Duke of Edinburgh award through the CVYP.

“The Rickshaw Challenge will be my toughest yet, but I’m excited to get under way.

“Through funding the CVYP, BBC Children in Need is making a big difference to the lives of people like me and now I’m looking forward to giving something back.”

Since the first event back in 2011, the Rickshaw Challenge has raised more than £7.9million.

With one of the hardest routes on record, including a 74-mile stint from Bristol to Winchester – one of the longest days in the event’s history – the team is hoping this year’s efforts will result in another strong year.

The rickshaw will be pedalled by six young riders, including Lucy, all of whom have been supported by BBC Children in Need-funded projects.

The One Show presenters will also be on hand throughout the journey to offer support and advice from their own rickshaw experiences.

Matt Baker will cycle alongside the team throughout the challenge, while Alex Jones will report from The One Show studios.

Matt said: “It’s that time of year again and this year’s Team Rickshaw will be warming up for their biggest challenge yet. It’s going to be tough but with your help we’re hoping to raise much-needed funds for BBC Children in Need.

“We have a truly inspiring group taking on the challenge, and they all have brilliant stories to tell, so please do get behind them and do all you can to show your support, it really will help make a difference.”

Alex said: “The Rickshaw Challenge will always be a special one for me and Matt. The young people involved are just brilliant and, this year, we’ve another great group with the most inspiring stories.

“Of course it’s going to be tough for them, but my top tip is to eat lots of sweets!

“I don’t know if it’s the healthiest advice, but it’s definitely the tastiest way to help you keep pedalling!”

One Show viewers will be able to follow Team Rickshaw’s progress each day and updates will also be available online at bbc.co.uk/pudsey

To support the challenge, you can donate £5 by texting the word TEAM to 70705 or to donate £10 text GIVE to 70710.