In November 2015, six inspirational young people embarked on the trip of a lifetime; Children in Need’s Rickshaw Challenge. Amongst team Rickshaw was 16 year old Elliot, Essex who has been supported by Broxbourne-based charity, Teens Unite following his diagnosis of Nodular Lymphocyte Predominant Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the age of just 14.
Over the course of eight days, the team cycled an unbelievable distance of 470 miles from Lands’ End to the East End to raise as much money as possible to support charities across the UK, including Teens Unite.
The Rickshaw Challenge was documented on the hit BBC One television programme; ‘The One Show’ as the team were accompanied by presenter Matt Baker for the duration of the trip. On 18th November, Team Rickshaw came together once again just over a month after the challenge had come to an end to unveil the grand total raised live on The One Show, which was a staggering £4,115,536. This amount will benefit so many charities and organisations up and down the country.
In addition, Elliot personally raised nearly £3,000 from his friends and family, which he has dedicated solely to Teens Unite.
To applaud Elliot for his remarkable effort and achievement, Teens Unite presented him with his very own mountain bike so that he can pursue his new found love for cycling. The bike was kindly donated to Teens Unite by charity bike building company, Company o3e, which runs team bonding days for various businesses where they are set the challenge of building a bike from scratch to donate to a worthy cause.
Debbie Pezzani, CEO and Founder, Teens Unite has said: “Words cannot describe how incredibly proud we all are of Elliot and what he has achieved. When the young people we support are going through the darkest of times, it is hard for them to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Elliot has shown that there is light and despite going through the most unimaginable illness, you can still achieve the greatest things in life. Congratulations on your achievement Elliot.”