Residents urged to support Rickshaw Challenge in Scarborough

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The One Show Rickshaw Challenge is raising funds for BBC Children in Need and will be stopping off at Scarborough as the team travel the 470-mile journey from Jedburgh to London.

Scarborough Borough Council is encouraging people to come out and support the Rickshaw Challenge when it arrives in Scarborough on Sunday 13 November.

The team taking part in the Rickshaw Challenge, now in its sixth year, will end day three of the journey in Scarborough, finishing in the Town Hall gardens on St Nicholas Street at approximately 7pm. The Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough, Cllr Simon Green, plans to join the public welcoming party.

The six-strong team taking on this year’s challenge is made up of Ebony, 18, from Bournemouth, Andy and Phoebe, both 18, from Derbyshire, Salar, 18, from the West Midlands, Olivia, 17, from Edinburgh and Ross, 18, from Sunderland.

Joining the team will be The One Show presenter Matt Baker, who will be on the road cycling alongside the team, offering support and advice throughout the journey.

Setting off on Friday November 11 from Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders, the team will work its way down the East Coast in a bid to cross the finish line in London on Friday November 18, in time for the annual BBC Children in Need Appeal Show. As well as finishing day three of the challenge in Scarborough, the team will also start day four from the town on the morning of Monday November 14.

Since 2011, The One Show Rickshaw Challenge has raised funds for BBC Children in Need, with every penny going on to support disadvantaged children and young people in the UK. People can follow Team Rickshaw’s progress on The One Show each day and the full route, including a real-time update of the rickshaw’s progress, is also available at: http://pudsey.viewranger.com

Cllr Simon Green, Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough said: “The One Show Rickshaw Challenge is an inspirational annual fundraising event, which raises millions of pounds for BBC Children in Need. I call on the people of the borough to come out on Sunday and support the courageous group of young people on the route and particular at the finish in Scarborough.

“This is a determined team, the members of which have overcome challenges in their own lives and yet are willing to take on this enormous challenge to raise money for other children that need our help. Their attitude is exemplary and so I ask our communities to dig deep, donate and support them in person if you can.”

To support the challenge, people can donate either £5 or £10 by text. To donate £5 text the word TEAM to 70405. To donate £10 text TEAM to 70410. Texts will cost the donation amount plus the standard network message charge. All of the donation will go to BBC Children in Need. People must be 16 or over and ask for the bill payer's permission. For more information and full terms and conditions go to bbc.co.uk/pudsey. The text to donate service will close on 31 December 2016.