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Rickshaw Challenge 2019 line-up: the full team taking on the Children in Need fundraiser

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Children in Need is back, and with it, the return of the Rickshaw Challenge.

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A team of six young people and The One Show’s Matt Baker will take on an eight day challenge to cycle 400 miles across the UK as part of BBC's charity drive this year.

But who are the people taking part and where are they cycling?

Here's your need to know:

Where will the challenge be cycling?

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The Rickshaw Challenge Team will be journeying across the UK (Photo: BBC)

The challenge this year will start off in Wales and end in London:

Day 1 (Friday 8 November): Holyhead to Portmeirion Day 2 (Saturday 9 November): Portmeirion to Machynlleth Day 3 (Sunday 10 November): Machynlleth to Oswestry Day 4 (Monday 11 November): Oswestry to Crewe Day 5 (Tuesday 12 November): Crewe to Matlock Bath Day 6 (Wednesday 13 November): Matlock Bath to Melton Mowbray Day 7 (Thursday 14 November): Melton Mowbray to Bedford Day 8 (Friday 15 November): Bedford to Elstree a person posing for the camera © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd

Who is taking part?

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There are six cyclists taking part:

Adelle, 17, from Belfast

Adelle (Photo: BBC)

In November 2017, Adelle’s best friend Victoria died from acute myeloid leukaemia. Several months after Victoria’s death, Adelle fell ill and doctors confirmed that she had the same cancer as her best friend.

Adelle underwent chemotherapy which was initially successful. However her health deteriorated, and at one point doctors even considered palliative care. Thankfully Adelle began to recover and in October 2018 was well enough for a bone marrow stem cell transplant. Throughout her diagnosis and treatment, Adelle has been supported by Cancer Fund Northern Ireland.

Adelle says: “Having cancer has taught me not to take life for granted and has really put things into perspective for me. I think being a part of Team Rickshaw will be a real challenge for me but I’m looking forward to getting on the road, sharing my story and helping to raise money for BBC Children in Need that will go on to make a difference to other young people’s lives.”

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Emma, 18, from Nottingham

Emma (Photo: BBC)

Shortly after Emma was born, doctors realised she had severe liver disease - resulting in her undergoing two liver transplants. The first, at the age of nine months, was unsuccessful. However, she endured a second transplant aged three and a half.

Due to Emma’s illness she spent a lot of time in hospital over the course of her childhood. As she grew up, Emma started swimming and in 2015 represented Team GB at the World Transplant Games, taking home several medals. However, in 2017, Emma had a seizure which left her unable to walk, see properly or concentrate for long periods.

Emma’s sight gradually returned and a year later, following a long process of rehabilitation and physiotherapy, Emma was able to walk again. Children’s Liver Disease Foundation have provided Emma and her family with guidance and support throughout her life.

Emma says: “I have always been quite sporty but after my seizure I had to work really hard to learn to walk again. Every day I’m getting stronger, but I know that being a part of Team Rickshaw will be a real challenge for me. I’m excited to head out on the road and hope that the public will cheer us on and help us raise money for BBC Children in Need.”

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Josh, 17, from Carnforth, Lancashire

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Josh is a young carer, and helps look after his younger brother Jacob, who is 15. Jacob has a condition called ADNP or Helsmoortel-Van Der Aa Syndrome. Jacob’s condition is rare and means that he has severe learning difficulties, global development delay and some physical problems. Jacob needs round-the-clock care which is provided by his parents Darren and Lisa - and Josh.

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Caring for Jacob can be tough, so away from this Josh finds solace in gardening, and following some volunteering at a local garden - Levens Hall Gardens - he has been taken on as an apprentice. Josh has been supported by Carer Support South Lakes which uses a grant from BBC Children in Need to deliver a range of activities to give young carers like Josh, respite from their responsibilities and develop their skills and confidence.

Josh says: “The Rickshaw Challenge is a fantastic opportunity for me and I’m really looking forward to taking on the challenge and sharing my story. I can’t wait to be out on the road with the rest of the team and I hope that we see lots of support from the public along the way.”

Kelsey, 17, from Watford

Kelsey (Photo: BBC)

Kelsey is blind and as a baby he was diagnosed with bilateral retinoblastoma in his left eye, and unfortunately his eye couldn’t be saved. A few years later, at the age of five, Kelsey found out the cancer had returned in his right eye and despite doctors best efforts they were unable to save it, leaving Kelsey blind.

For the last six years he’s been playing goalball, after being inspired by the Paralympic Games in 2012. Goalball UK is funded by BBC Children in Need to deliver goalball activities and competitive opportunities for blind and partially sighted young people to help build confidence and increase independence. Kelsey also has a Guide Dog called Lacey who has enabled Kelsey to live a much more independent life.

Kelsey says: “I’m determined to prove that being blind should never be a barrier and I’m really looking forward to being part of Team Rickshaw. I hope that the public get behind us, come out to support us on the road, and donate to BBC Children in Need.”

Thomas, 17, from Swindon

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Thomas has cerebral palsy, autism and ADHD. Throughout his life, bullying has been a persistent issue. Thomas was slow to develop as a toddler and over the years has needed operations and regular physio.

Thomas has always been a keen sportsman and playing sport has provided him with an escape from the difficulties in his life. Thomas has been supported by Cerebral Palsy Sport which receives funding from BBC Children in Need to give young people with cerebral palsy the chance to access training and regular sporting events. Through his involvement with the charity he has competed in the CISPRA Games and won silver medals in 100m and 200m running. Thomas says being involved with the organisation has been life changing.

Thomas says: “I hope that I can inspire other young people who have been through a similar experience to me and show them that you can achieve whatever you set your mind to. I’m excited to be a part of Team Rickshaw 2019 and am looking forward to seeing people out on the road cheering us on!”

Uche, 20, from London

Uche (Photo: BBC)

Uche had always been popular growing up - he enjoyed school and was good at sport. However, in February 2017, Uche’s life changed dramatically. When Uche discovered his bike had been stolen, he was stabbed when attempting to find it. The knife went through his upper arm and an artery. He was rushed to hospital and following surgery his condition stabilised.

Uche spent a month in hospital and although the physical scars of the attack began to heal, Uche still struggled to come to terms with what had happened.

Recovery was tough for Uche but it was during this time that he started attending XLP, a local youth project that is funded by BBC Children in Need. Uche was mentored by XLP which has helped him focus on his future, and with their support he’s secured an apprenticeship in engineering.

Uche says: “Following the stabbing I found things quite difficult, but with the help of XLP I have been able to focus on my future and make the best of my situation. I’m really looking forward to being a part of Team Rickshaw and hope that the people of the UK will get behind us and help us to raise money for BBC Children in Need.”

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