Bethany will be pedalling for Pudsey with BBC stars
11:02am Thursday 17th October 2013 in Milford Mercury news
ONE TO WATCH: Bethany was due to appear on last night's The One Show to talk about being part of Team Rickshaw. (1645736)
A SIXTEEN-year-old girl from Milford Haven will be pedalling across the country with BBC The One Show presenter Alex Jones to raise money for Children in Need.
Bethany Freeman, who has Down’s Syndrome, is taking part in the 700-mile ‘Team Rickshaw’ challenge, which will see her and four other young people riding around the UK in a rickshaw.
TV presenter Matt Baker will also be supporting the riders by joining them for part of the eight-day journey, which starts in Northern Ireland on Friday, November 8.
Bethany said: “I’m going to be cycling with my mum Amanda, we’re a team now.
“She’ll be really good on the bike and we’re both looking forward to the challenge.
“We’re ready to rock and roll, let’s do this!”
All five riders have been supported by projects funded by Children in Need, and are taking part in the challenge to raise as much money as possible for other young people across the country.
Bethany said that her time at Taking Flight Theatre Company, a project supported by the charity, helped raise her self-confidence and social skills, and discover her passion for acting.
She took part in two productions, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and A Midsummer’s Night Dream, describing them as ‘stand-out moments’ for her.
At just 4’ 11”, Bethany is the shortest rider of the group, and will need to wear platform trainers just to reach the rickshaw’s pedals.
The group will be pedalling around the clock, with riders taking turns to cover the nightshift.
Alex said: “This is going to be one of the toughest things I’ve ever done, and we will all have our work cut out for us. Cycling through the night will probably be the hardest part.
“Having supported the Rickshaw Challenge before, I know first-hand what a difference public support can make, so please, please donate and, even better, come out to the streets to cheer us on!”
Started in 2011, The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge has raised more than £3.5 million for Children in Need so far.
For more information, and to support the challenge, visit bbc.co.uk/oneshow.
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