Children in Need to pass through town

Children in Need’s Rickshaw Challenge will be coming through Ilkeston on Tuesday November 11.

Now in its fourth year and having raised over £5 million for the charity, the team, which will be accompanied by One show presenter Matt Baker on his bike, are hoping to smash their records with their best year of fundraising yet.

Beginning at the BBC’s Media City near Manchester, the rickshaw will undertake a ‘Salford to Walford’ journey across England, finishing live at the EastEnders set during the BBC Children in Need appeal on November 14.

‘Team Rickshaw’ will be made up of five young people, each supported by projects funded by BBC Children in Need, who will power the rickshaw for more than 450 miles across England.

This year the rickshaw will be pedalled solely by the young riders, although The One Show presenters will be offering their support and advice; Matt live from the road as he cycles alongside the team, and Alex Jones from The One Show studios.

The journey begins on November 7 before making their way back across the country, ending in Walford eight nights later. The group will journey through Ilkeston on Tuesday.

Matt Baker said: “We’re hoping that Team Rickshaw will raise more than ever, so the pressure is really on for the riders. And of course, to the Great British public, we need your support.

“It’s such a fantastic fundraiser, where people who have benefited from the charity first-hand can really give back, and we’ll be getting more of an insight into their own stories which brings opportunities and challenges of its own.”