Countryfile Children in Need ramble returns for 2021

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Fish out your hiking boots as the annual Countryfile Ramble in aid of BBC Children In Need is on the horizon once more raising money for disadvantaged youngsters across the UK.

Presenters Matt Baker, Steve Brown, Charlotte Smith, Tom Heap, Ellie Harrison and Margheria Taylor will be joining hikers aged between five and 18 as they explore breath-taking sights in locations such as Stonehaven, Scotland, Cwmcarn Forest and South Wales.

Of course, the show would not be complete with John Craven who will be catching up with ramblers via video-calls.

Embarking on his first ramble Smith will be accompanying Alice and Finn in Stonehaven. The siblings turned to Archie Childs Bereavement Services after they loss their father Dave, who was diagnosed with cancer just before the first Covid-19 lockdown.

Smith told Belfast Telegraph: I’m so chuffed to be joining this year’s Countryfile Ramble.

“It’s such a great way to raise money for BBC Children In Need and I’m looking forward to meeting some inspirational youngsters, I just hope they don’t leave me too far behind!”

Over in the Lake District Baker will be trekking with Alfie and his sister Elizabeth.

Alfie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, the most common type of cancer that starts in the bones, which led to amputation of one of his legs. The family are being supported by Hope House Hospice.

Eight-year-old Violet is also no stranger to hospitals, she has already undergone two liver transplants.

The young hiker will be joined by Brown as they ramble through Mendip Hills as she discusses the help she has received from Transplant Sport.

Chloe has been suffering from mental health over the past few years although thanks to The Wish Centre she is gradually overcoming her conditions.

Her trek takes place in Holkham, Norfolk where she covers the miles with Taylor.

Heap will be on his lonesome as he rambles across Cwmcarn Forest, South Wales, but for company he will be checking in on five-year-old Pippa, who was diagnosed with Epidermolysis Bullosa, and finding out from her family how they have received support from the Newlife project.

Meanwhile Harrison will be hiking around Northern Ireland raising awareness of domestic abuse.

Simon Antrobus, chief executive of BBC Children in Need, said: “I’m delighted to see the return of the Countryfile Ramble for 2021.

“The Countryfile Rambles give us all an opportunity to hear inspiring stories directly from children and young people who have benefited from the public’s generous donations and fundraising efforts.

“Children In Need and Countryfile Ramble is all about kindness and togetherness and I hope that viewers will once again get involved by organising their own sponsored rambles as the money raised will go on to help children and young people right across the UK to thrive and be the best they can be.”

The Countryfile Ramble for BBC Children In Need will air on BBC One on October 24. Time TBA.