The centre of Whitchurch was packed this lunchtime as the people of Whitchurch came out to support the BBC One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge.

UPDATE: The One Show is now on iPlayer HERE.

Six young people, all of whom have been either supported by or still are supported by BBC Children in Need funded projects, are cycling the Rickshaw from Llandudno to London, accompanied by One Show presenters Matt Baker and Alex Jones.

Crowds lined the streets.

Today’s penultimate stage, Day 7 of the ride) was a 51-mile route from Salisbury through Whitchurch to Reading.

There was much anticipation as the crowds waited, with tweets and location reports coming through the internet.
Children from both Whitchurch Primary and Testbourne schools had come out to line the streets, and people hung out of windows waiting for the small but exciting entourage.

Then they came into sight, down Bloswood Lane and into Bell Street Car park for a brief rest and some refreshments, before proceeding along to the Square.

The cries rang out as first the outriding motorcycles and then the bright yellow Rickshaw passed by, accompanied by cyclists with the all important collecting buckets, with over £700,000 having been raised to date.

The Rickshaw was now being ridden by 16-year old Jack from Essex who required a kidney transplant at the age of 4 and has gone on to compete in the World Transplant Games in Australia, winning Gold for Great Britain in Badminton.
He turned the corner to more cheers and started the ascent of Newbury Street to leave town.

There was still a hard ride to come, with the tough climb of White Hill and the very steep Ashford Hill to stretch those legs even further.

The cheers had shown Whitchurch has a heart.

Details of how to make a Donation are HERE
The funds raised go towards grants for projects which assist children and young people who are disadvantaged.

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