The Hunter Foundation (THF) has today (Wednesday 16th October 2019) pledged to donate additional funding to donations that the public make to The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge.  In an exciting first for the fundraising challenge, THF has pledged to give 40p for every £1 donated by the general public to the Rickshaw Challenge* helping to make the public’s generous donations go even further in making a difference to young lives. 

The annual challenge, which is now in its ninth year, will see a team of six young people and The One Show’s Matt Baker take on the eight day challenge. It will begin on Friday 8th November in Holyhead and the team will travel across Wales for three days before crossing over into England in Oswestry, and then making their way down to the finish line at BBC Elstree Studios on Friday 15th November during the BBC Children in Need Appeal Show.

Speaking of the pledge, Sir Tom Hunter said: “Every year I watch the Rickshaw Challenge and I can’t help but be inspired by the wonderful young people on the road and all of the support that I see from people across the UK getting together to fundraise and donate to BBC Children in Need. This year I’m looking forward to watching the whole nation get behind the team again and help us to raise even more money for such a worthy cause. 

“At The Hunter Foundation we aim to maximise the impact that our money has on children and young people across the UK who are facing disadvantage, and working with BBC Children in Need enables us to do this. That’s why this year for every £1 donated to the Rickshaw Challenge we will donate 40p, and make your donation go even further.”

Claire Hoyle, Commercial Director at BBC Children in Need added: “The Hunter Foundation are long-term supporters of BBC Children in Need so we are absolutely delighted that they are pledging this generous donation to the Rickshaw Challenge. 

“We never fail to be amazed by the remarkable generosity the public show towards the Rickshaw Challenge and this year, with the help of THF, those generous public donations will be able to go even further. With this fantastic incentive we hope that it’ll inspire even more people to donate to the challenge and help us to make a difference to young people’s lives all across the UK.”

Since 2011, The Rickshaw Challenge has raised over £25 million for BBC Children in Need, with donations going on to make a difference to the lives of children and young people across the UK who need it most.