Harlow College student takes on Rickshaw Challenge with One Show for BBC’s Children in Need

Communities / Wed 11th Nov 2015 at 11:58am

Elliot16-year-old Harlow College A Level student, Elliot, has been selected for the BBC’s One Show Rickshaw Challenge, following his involvement with Teens Unite, a project working with young people with cancer.

A team of riders will cover a 470-mile journey from Land’s End to the East End to help fundraise for BBC Children in Need.

The rickshaw will be pedalled by six young riders, 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, whilst Alex Jones will split time reporting from The One Show studio and on the road with the team.

Setting off on Friday 6 November from Land’s End in Cornwall, the team will work their way across England in a bid to cross the finish line in Elstree on Friday 13 November 2015, in time for the BBC Children in Need Appeal Show.

At 14 Elliot was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer, Nodular Lymphocyte Predominant Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Although now in remission the cancer remains and Elliot will have to be monitored regularly. Throughout his treatment Elliot was supported by Teens Unite, a group set-up to help young people with cancer.

Tracy Greenall, Head of Sixth Form at Harlow College, said: “We are thrilled with Elliot. He has had to combine absences from college for filming with settling into a new department and catching up with missed work. And the way he spoke on stage at Wembley Stadium in the recent showing of The One Show was truly inspiring!”

Karen Spencer, Principal of Harlow College, said: “We are incredibly proud of Elliot and want Harlow College and the community to get behind him and Team Rickshaw in raising funds for BBC Children in Need.”

To support the challenge, you can donate either £5 or £10 by text. To donate £5 text the word TEAM to 70705 or to donate £10 text TEAM to 70710. Texts will cost your donation plus the standard network message change. All of your donation will go to BBC Children in Need. You must be 16 or over and please ask for the bill payer’s permission.

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