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Countryfile rambles for BBC Children in Need

John Craven with Pudsey Bear

The Countryfile Ramble for BBC Children in Need treks into our TV schedule this weekend as a group of inspirational youngsters put on their hiking boots for a good cause.

Joining them for their walks presenters Matt Baker, Anita Rani, Charlotte Smith and Margherita Taylor will be listening to heartwarming, courageous backstories from the young trepid explorers and how they have been supported by BBC Children in Need.

Baker will be walking with 13-year-old Saul, who lives with Spondyloepiphyseal Dysplasia Congenital, the condition affects his mobility, bone development and growth.

Saul is a regular face at the Mae Murray Foundation youth project, funded by BBC Children in Need, which runs fully-accessible activities for young people with disabilities.

Rani will be accompanying Riley on his trek in Wales. The 11-year-old was diagnosed with a serious lung condition and needs to carry a portable oxygen tank around with him on a daily basis.

With the support of a specialist play therapist, supported by BBC Children in Need, Rani has not only built his confidence, he also made remarkable achievements,  such as climbing the Pen y Fan peak with his rugby team in 2021.

Smith meets 10-year-old Isabella, who is autistic. She has benefited from BBC Children in Need after being assigned an assistance dog through Dogs for Autism who joins the two as they set off for their Welsh adventure.

In Scotland Taylor hears how a BBC Children in Need project supported two teenagers coming to terms with the death of one of their close friends.

Countryfile presenter John Craven said:  “We’re thrilled to be back for another year of Countryfile Ramble for BBC Children in Need.

“This is always such an exciting event for many thousands of Countryfile viewers and I can’t wait to see everyone getting outside and putting on their own sponsored rambles to help make a difference to the lives of children and young people across the UK.

“Your efforts and donations help BBC Children in Need support them as they face a range of challenges, helping them to thrive and be the best they can be.

“So lace up those boots and know that your fundraising efforts really will change young lives for the better. Remember, taking part in a ramble is a win-win – it’s good for your own health and you will be supporting the lives of the children and young people across the nation.”

The Countryfile Ramble for BBC Children in Need is on BBC One, Sunday 6 November at 6pm, available afterwards on BBC iPlayer.

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