BBC: What happened to the Rickshaw Challenge? Children in Need fundraiser paused!

The One Show‘s Rickshaw Challenge for Children in Need was paused. So what has actually happened to the fundraiser?

Matt Baker, who used to co-present The One Show, has joined 6 other people on a challenging bike ride at the Goodwood Estate, West Sussex.

However the fundraiser was paused in its tracks, after beginning the 332-mile journey on Saturday morning (November 7th).

So what happened to the Rickshaw Challenge? We’ve got the lowdown!

The One Show Rickshaw Challenge 2020. Picture Shows: Matt Baker celebrating 10 years of The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge for BBC Children in Need – (C) BBC – Photographer: Guy Levy

What is the Rickshaw Challenge?

The team plan to ride the equivalent of Matt’s first solo Rickshaw ride in 2011, from Edinburgh to London – 332 miles in a straight line.

Riders are set to face a variety of terrains to reach their target each day while on a rickshaw, for a live broadcast on The One Show each night.

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It is all in aid of BBC’s Children in Need, who the money will be donated to.

What happened to the Rickshaw Challenge?

  • It was reportedly paused after a positive coronavirus test

The Rickshaw Challenge was halted after a member of the film crew tested positive for coronavirus.

All the riders were sent home to ensure their safety, while it was paused.

Now in its 10th year, Matt went live from home to announce that the challenge has gone virtual following the positive Covid-19 test.

He said the news was “heart-breaking”. However, him and the team of 6 will be ploughing on with the Rickshaw Challenge from their homes.

Matt is using a rickshaw tied in place while the other participants have been sent exercise bikes to use during the challenge.

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How to donate to the Rickshaw Challenge

You can donate to the Rickshaw Challenge by text or via their website.

To donate via text, type out the word of the amount you want to donate to The Rickshaw Challenge.

For example, ‘FIVE’ to 70701 to donate £5 or ‘TEN’ to 70701 to donate £10.



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