Matt Baker raises £1,263,272.93 on his Rickshaw Challenge for Children in Need
To actually see people's generosity as they run alongside, showing me their support and giving us their money, is overwhelming."Matt Baker
Matt asked Britain to get behind him as he cycled a rickshaw, picking up passengers from Edinburgh Castle to BBC TV Centre in London in eight days and 480 miles, and the Great British Public have supported him in their droves.
The One Show Rickshaw Challenge for Children in Need saw Matt cycle from Edinburgh to Hawick, Hexham, Barnard Castle, York, Lincoln, Peterborough, Cambridge and finally London clocking up a staggering 480 miles. The One Show and hundreds of supporters welcomed Matt live every night as he crossed the finishing line at each location.
It has been a tough and emotional endurance challenge for Matt who has suffered from knee and saddle pain as a result of the extra pressure on his body. However, Matt battled ahead, spurned on by the huge outpouring of support from members of the public, family and friends who have lined the streets in their masses, to cheer him along on the route which took him through the middle of the country.
Matt Baker said: “Since hopping on the rickshaw outside of Edinburgh Castle eight days ago, I've been constantly shocked by what's happened. To have the opportunity to actually see people's generosity as they run alongside, showing me their support and giving us their money, is overwhelming. We haven't gone half a mile without hearing cheers and seeing people donate what they can. I never had a target amount of money to raise, but I did set out knowing that just a few pounds can make a big difference. Now I've parked up the rickshaw and we've hit this enormous amount, I know a staggering number of children's lives can now be different. It's been a brilliant thing to be a part of. Thank you for all your generosity and I hope you don't mind if you never see me on a rickshaw ever again!"
David Ramsden, BBC Children in Need Chief Executive, added: “Matt has achieved an incredible fundraising feat. He has gone through the pain barrier to help change the lives of children right across the UK."
The text to donate line is still open. To donate £5, text "MATT" to 70705, texts cost £5 plus one standard rate message, £5 will go to BBC Children in Need. Go to bbc.co.uk/pudsey for full terms and conditions You must be over 16 and ask the bill payer's permission
Notes to editors
Route Summary – the mileage total was initially set at 484 miles, however due to a detour Matt had to make due to road closures in Lincolnshire, the mileage has been rounded down to 480 miles.
Day 1 Edinburgh to Hawick 53.5 Miles
Day 2 Hawick to Hexham 59.2 Miles
Day 3 Hexham to Barnard Castle 49.0 Miles
Day 4 Barnard Castle to York 70.6 Miles
Day 5 York to Lincoln 78.0 Miles
Day 6 Lincoln to Peterborough 73.2 Miles
Day 7 Peterborough to Cambridge 41.0 Miles
Day 8 Cambridge to London 59.3 Miles
BBC Children in Need supports projects working with disadvantaged children and young people right here in the UK. They currently support around 2,500 projects that are working with children facing a range of disadvantages for example, poverty and deprivation, disabled young people and children who have been the victims of abuse or neglect.
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