BBC One Show presenter, Matt Baker, is once again taking to the streets of the UK in a bid to complete the second BBC Children in Need ‘Rickshaw Challenge’, except this year he’s supported by six brave young people and powered by Peugeot.
As part of its going partnership with the charity throughout 2012, Peugeot has donated three 508 RXH vehicles – Expert and Boxer vans and a Boxer Motor Home – to the One Show for use during the challenge.
The convoy will follow ‘Team Rickshaw’ across the country – as it travels from Llandudno in North Wales to London – providing filming support vehicles and an on the road living space for the team throughout the 411 mile journey.
Alongside Matt Baker, Team Rickshaw will be made up of six teenagers, all of whom have been either supported by or still are supported by BBC Children in Need funded projects.
The trek began on Friday 9th November and will finish on telethon day – Friday 16th November – as the team arrives at BBC’s Television Centre, for the One Show’s Children in Need special.
Speaking about the challenge, Peugeot UK managing director, Tim Zimmerman, said: “Last year, Matt raised an incredible £1.9 million completing the Rickshaw Challenge and as an official partner of Children in Need in 2012, we knew it was an event we absolutely had to support.
“Living on the road for eight days is no mean feat and although the team this year is made up of very capable and no doubt brave young people, it’s essential that Team Rickshaw has a reliable and robust convoy of vehicles able to provide backup, regardless of the terrain or weather.
“As with every fleet enquiry we deal with, we assessed the demands of the journey, in this case placing great emphasis on safety and the ability to cope with difficult weather conditions. These vehicles have been chosen due to their load bearing capacity, performance, responsive nature and versatility, making them the perfect fleet for such an ambitious challenge.”
As well as its support for the Rickshaw Challenge, Peugeot is also encouraging the car designers of tomorrow to create their perfect Peugeot 208 with ‘Pudsey’s Dream Wheels.’ To enter and be in with a chance of winning a Peugeot 208 please visit pudseysdreamwheels.co.uk.