Oxford Brookes student in the spotlight as a rider in BBC’s Children in Need Rickshaw Challenge

27 October 2020

Oxford Brookes student Rosie wears Pudsey ears and hugs a Pudsey bear

Congratulations to Media Journalism and Publishing student Rosie (aka Roisin) Clear who has been selected to take part in The Rickshaw Challenge for BBC Children in Need to raise money for charity.

The challenge which is now in its 10th year, will take place on a circuit at Goodwood Estate in West Sussex from Friday 6 November. The team will cover a variety of terrains to reach their target each day, in time for a live broadcast on BBC 1’s The One Show each night at 7.00pm.

The first Rickshaw Challenge took place on public roads from Edinburgh to London and raised £1.9 million. To remain Covid safe, the public will not be able to attend this year. The six riders of the rickshaws will travel approximately 332 miles, the equivalent as the crow flies, of the distance from Edinburgh to London.

Rosie commented:

“A member of the charity I’m raising money for put me forward, as she thought I’d be right for it. The charity is called The Pace Centre which helps children with motor disorders like myself - I have Cerebral Palsy which mainly affects my legs - meaning I have trouble walking. We were given a training plan by the BBC physio, so I have been following that, visiting the gym a lot - almost everyday just to build up my leg strength, so that’s using the bike, using the leg-press and floor work such as bridges, among other things.

“It’s honestly such an honour to be involved, I didn’t think I would get this far, I’m so happy to be involved with such a nice team and to give back to Pace, because they have helped my development since I was 3 - I feel it’s only right to give back!”

Children in Need is celebrating its 40th year and has so far raised over £1 billion to help make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people around the UK.

You can watch Rosie being announced recently as a rider in the Rickshaw Challenge, on BBC 1’s The One Show.

BBC iplayer (from 08.35): https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000nh74/the-one-show-15102020