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700-mile charity rickshaw challenge completed in eight days by Upminster girl

Eleanor and Keith Pedrick cycled 700 miles in eight days. Eleanor and Keith Pedrick cycled 700 miles in eight days.

Saturday, December 7, 2013
6:00 PM

A gruelling 700-mile chairty rickshaw cycle has been completed by a 16-year-old Upminster girl and her father - in just eight days.

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Eleanor Pedrick, 16, on her rickshaw.Eleanor Pedrick, 16, on her rickshaw.

Eleanor Pedrick and her father Keith pedalled day and night across the UK as part of a 10-strong team for The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge – which has so far raised more than £1.5 million for the charity.

Eleanor, 16, was one of five young riders to complete the challenge, having all benefitted from the charity themselves.

The charity cycle started in Northern Ireland and the team crossed the Irish Sea before pedalling through Scotland and England into Wales.

Eleanor said: “Taking part in the Rickshaw Challenge was an amazing experience.

Members of the Rickshaw Challenge team at the finish line in Albert Square during Children in NeedMembers of the Rickshaw Challenge team at the finish line in Albert Square during Children in Need

“I’ve really learned what I’m capable of when I push myself. Now that it’s over, I’m back to college with a bump!”

Eleanor was bullied at school having been born with a bi-lateral cleft lip, but received support and counselling from the Cleft Lip and Palate Association to raise her self-confidence.

Four of the young cyclists were accompanied by their parents, and one lucky participant, Martin Perry, of Paisley, was paired with presenter Alex Jones.

Eleanor’s father Keith said: “It’s been brilliant to do this alongside Eleanor and see just what a strong and confident young woman she’s become.

“As a family that’s benefitted from Children in Need first-hand, it’s great to know we’ve been able to raise so much to support more fantastic causes.”

This year’s efforts have raised £1,534,996 in total, with every penny raised given to projects across the UK that help the lives of disadvantaged young people.

David Ramsden, BBC Children in Need chief executive, said: “The huge amount raised is a real tribute to the hard work of an incredible team.”

You can still donate to Eleanor and Keith by texting TEAM to 70705, at a cost of £5.

Visit bbc.co.uk/pudsey for more information.

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