PUDSEY BEAR - SAFE IN THESE HANDS!
Fire fighters from Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose rose to the challenge and got Pudsey Bear safely to Lands End and the start of the BBC One Show Rickshaw Challenge.
The Naval team of four Aircraft Handlers, PO Mark Cotton, NA Kyle Mason, Daniel Betts and Aaron Davies, who are used to moving aircraft around the flight decks of Royal Navy ships, helped with a different type of vehicle movement by delivering the rickshaw and Pudsey to the start point for the annual Children in Need challenge.
The One Show Rickshaw Challenge sets off with a new team of riders and route across England. Returning for a fifth year, this year’s team will cover a 477-mile journey from Land’s End to the East End to help fundraise for BBC Children in Need.
The rickshaw will be pedalled by six young riders, all of who 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 split time reporting from The One Show studios and on the road with the team.
The Challenge has already raised over £7.9 million to date and with one of the hardest routes on record, including a 74-mile stint fromBristol toWinchester – one of the longest days in the Challenge’s history – the team are hoping this year’s efforts will help secure another strong total.
Setting off on Friday 6 November from Land’s End in Cornwall, the team will work their way across England in a bid to cross the finish line in Elstree on Friday 13 November, in time for the BBC Children in Need Appeal Show.