16 Nov 2011

BBC's The One Show host Matt Baker on course for marathon rickshaw ride

Matt Baker and Pudsey on a rickshawTV host Matt Baker has swapped his comfortable sofa on The One Show for a rainy rickshaw as he takes part in a gruelling 484-mile charity challenge from Edinburgh to London in aid of Children in Need.

Matt began his arduous journey last Friday and plans to complete the mammoth trip this Friday, 18th November, during a live broadcast of The One Show’s Children in Need special on BBC One.

The presenter is cycling his rickshaw for up to 10 hours each day and burning up to 9,000 calories daily. He is even carrying passengers when it is safe to do so.

The ambitious feat is one of the toughest fundraising challenges attempted by anyone at the BBC and would be enough to test the patience of even the most well-mannered presenter.

Asked why he decided to raise funds for Children in Need he said: “I've had a connection with Children in Need since I started on Blue Peter, they have so many fantastic projects, the stories are heart-breaking and it really makes you want to do something to contribute.

“So anything I can do to help is so worth it, I will be thinking of this brilliant cause and why I'm doing it en route, it will keep me going when I sweat on the steep uphills,” he said.

You can follow Matt on his mammoth ride by visiting. http://www.bbc.co.uk/pudsey/.

And you can donate online throughout the challenge on MyDonate, at the BBC Children in Need event page.

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