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Falmouth teenager to join One Show stars
5:00am Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
A teenager from Falmouth who lost his mother and sister in a car crash, will be taking part in The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge as part of next month’s Children in Need (CiN) appeal.
Peter Birkett, 17, was left badly injured in the accident that claimed the lives of his mother, Linda, and sister, Shannah, in 2007 when he was just 11.
He was helped through his grief by attending the CiN-funded Penhaligon’s Friends charity and will be completing the Rickshaw Challenge with his dad, Geoff, a senior support worker for the Brandon Trust, which supports adults and children with learning disabilities.
No stranger to challenging themselves in the name of charity, Peter and Geoff recently completed a 30 mile walk to raise money for Penhaligon’s Friends The Rickshaw Challenge will involve five inspirational young people taking on a 700 miles ride. For the first time, riders will visit all four UK nations, pedalling through the night to raise money for disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. The team will ride around the clock with all riders taking turns to do a nightshift. Throughout the journey they will face challenging terrain and potentially harsh winter weather conditions.
Team Rickshaw will be made up of five young people, each supported by projects funded by BBC Children in Need. Four of the riders, including Peter, will be partnered with a parent, while One Show presenter Alex Jones will make up the tenth member of the group. Rickshaw veteran Matt Baker will also support the ride, acting as a mentor and cycling alongside the riders on their eight-day journey across the UK.
The journey begins on November 8 in Northern Ireland. The team will then cross the Irish Sea into Scotland, before pedalling down the west of England and into Wales. Finally the team will head back into England, finishing at BBC Elstree live on the BBC Children in Need Appeal Show on November 15.
Speaking of the challenge, Peter said: “Six years ago I was in a car accident, in which I lost my mum and sister. I was supported by Penhaligon’s Friends who helped me with my bereavement.
“They’re funded by BBC Children in Need, so what better way to give some back than through the Rickshaw Challenge? Now that we’re actually doing the challenge, it’s so exciting, I can’t explain it. My dad’s really competitive but so am I, so I’m sure we’ll push each other on.”
Pic – Peter Birkett with The One Show’s Alex Jones and Matt Baker and Pudsey.
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