Children in Need Challenge at Defence Academy

16 November 2018 / Categories: DA News and Events

At 0930 this morning (Friday 16 November) Warrant Officer Class 1(WO1) (RSM) Ross Wilson completed his own cycling challenge, in support of the BBC Rickshaw Challenge Children In Need.

The BBC Rickshaw Challenge, now in its eighth year was launched by the BBC One Show in October. The challenge sees young people supported by the British charity ride more than 400 miles over eight days with the accolade of finishing during the BBC Children in Need's Appeal show.

The One Show Rickshaw Challenge will see Matt Baker join six incredible young people taking on the challenge of a lifetime. Over 6 days they will cycle hundreds of miles on a custom-made Rickshaw bike to raise money for BBC Children in Need.

The team of riders, all of whom have been supported by BBC Children in Need funded projects, will push themselves to the limit, battling steep hills and braving the elements in the hope that their efforts will help them raise as much money as possible.

Danielle Macdivitt, Website and Events Officer for Kings College London based at Defence Academy supported Ross during his challenge said:

“I was delighted to take part in this challenge and to fundraise for such a great cause. I cycled 12 hours continuously from 9:30am – 9:30pm to support WO1 Wilson on his full 24 hour challenge.”

Ross logged a staggering 282 miles, raising money for Children in Need.

Completing the challenge Ross said:

“I was watching the One Show last Friday and they were talking about the Rickshaw Challenge and I thought to myself that I could do something like this. Eventually I managed to persuade colleagues and we ended up with a team of 6. We started at 0930 yesterday (Thursday), completing the challenge this morning at 0930.”

BBC Children in Need is the BBC's UK charity. Since 1980 it has raised over £950 million for disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.

Ross adds:

“The going was hard through the night but Defence Academy staff, students and contractors popped in at some point during the night to show their support and for that I am forever grateful. I am always up for a challenge and will now think about what I can do next year. Whatever that may be, hopefully I will be helping to make a difference to children across the UK.”

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Don’t forget to tune into BBC Children in Need Show tonight from 1930.

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