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Matt Baker to take on 12th rickshaw challenge for Children In Need

Matt Baker will ride in the 12th rickshaw challenge. (BBC)
Matt Baker will ride in the 12th rickshaw challenge. (BBC)

Matt Baker has been announced as the latest celebrity to take on the rickshaw challenge fundraiser for Children In Need.

The former One Show presenter will take part in the 12th rickshaw challenge, with his efforts shown in documentary The Rickshaw Relay Rides Again.

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Baker has taken part in every year of The Rickshaw Relay and this time, will be joined by five young people who have been helped by Children In Need to ride a relay over five days that will see each of them cover a leg of the journey across the UK that is significant to them.

This year's Rickshaw Relay will take place from Monday 17 to Friday 21 October, and for the first time BBC Breakfast will be live with Baker and his team every morning from 6am.

Documentary The Rickshaw Relay Rides Again will show the full challenge on Tuesday, 15 November.

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Baker said: “I am so excited to get back on the road again. This is the highlight of my year and I can’t wait for you to meet this group of riders who all have their own inspiring stories to tell.

Matt Baker
Matt Baker will be joined by five other riders. (Getty)

“We’d love to have your support on the road this year, but if you can’t make it please tune in and watch us on BBC Breakfast every morning, and when the documentary airs on 15th November. We know it’s a challenging year for everyone, but if you’re able to donate, it would be greatly appreciated and it will make a huge difference to the lives of children and young people all over the UK.”

A sixth day of the challenge will be held this year at Silverstone with members of the public invited to come and cycle alongside the rickshaw and clock up as many miles around the world famous racing track as possible to raise money for BBC Children in Need.