Amira to Undertake The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge

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The One Show has announced the return of the Rickshaw Challenge, with a new team of riders and route across England revealed today. This year’s team includes seventeen-year-old Amira from Kingswinford. She has been selected for the challenge following her involvement with The Children’s Trust, a project funded by BBC Children in Need.

Back for a fifth year, this year’s Team Rickshaw will cover a 470 mile journey from Land’s End to the East End to help fundraise for BBC Children in Need. Beginning at Land’s End in Cornwall on 6 November, the rickshaw team will work their way across England in a bid to cross the finish line in Elstree on Friday 13 November, for the BBC Children in Need Appeal Show.

Amira will be undertaking the challenge for her sister, Elle, whose life was changed after she suffered a brain haemorrhage in 2013. (Read Elle's full story here). She now requires round-the-clock care and has limited movement and speech. Amira always looked up to her big sister, and seeing her go through this transformation took a huge emotional toll.
After the incident Elle spent many months in hospital. When she was ready to leave the family struggled to find a place that could address Elle’s complex care needs, while allowing them the opportunity to take an active role in her rehabilitation. It was Amira who discovered The Children’s Trust online. The charity offers specialist care for children and teens suffering from brain injury. BBC Children in Need funds their Leisure and Activities Coordinator to run sessions that complement intense medical therapies and are specifically designed to help the whole family relax and enjoy some quality time together.

Because Amira spent all of her weekends and holidays at The Children’s Trust, she was often involved in Elle’s activities. With help from the charity, Amira has been able to come to terms with her sister’s condition and has learned ways to help care for her. Amira has since been on a journey to regain her confidence in full and she is keen to support her fellow team members in this year’s challenge.

Speaking of her involvement, Amira said: “I know it’ll be a challenge, especially as we’re facing some really long days in terms of mileage, but I’m really looking forward to getting under way. Through funding The Children’s Trust, BBC Children in Need has had such a big impact, both on me and Elle, so I’m looking forward to giving something back. It’s for a brilliant cause, so I really hope that people will support this year’s challenge. Their donations will keep me pedalling on!”

Since the first challenge back in 2011, the Rickshaw has raised over £7.9 million and with one of the hardest routes on record, including a 74 mile stint from Bristol to Winchester – one of the longest days in the Challenge’s history – the team are hoping this year’s efforts will result in another strong year.

This year, the rickshaw will be pedalled by six young riders, including Amira, all of whom 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 report from The One Show studios.

To date, the Rickshaw Challenge has raised over £7.9 million for BBC Children in Need, with each and every penny going to projects supporting disadvantaged children and young people right here in the UK.

One Show viewers will be able to follow Team Rickshaw’s progress each day, and updates will also be available online at

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