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BBC's Countryfile ramble to take in Mourne Mountains

The Mournes
The Mournes
Matt Baker
Anita Rani

By Julia Hunt

Matt Baker, Anita Rani and their fellow Countryfile presenters are heading to Northern Ireland as part of a series of rambles across the UK for BBC Children In Need.

The presenters will be joined by viewers of the BBC show as well as children and young people supported by Children In Need funded projects.

The team will head to different locations across the UK - Galloway Forest Park in Scotland, the Isle of Skye, Caernarfon in Wales, Ely in Cambridgeshire and the Mourne Mountains in Co Down - on October 6 and 7.

They are urging the public to hold their own sponsored rambles to raise money to help support disadvantaged children and young people.

Rani will be walking Hare's Gap in the Mourne Mountains with 13-year-old Mark, who has ME and has been supported by Koram Centre Counselling, Psychotherapy and Psychosocial Support.

Adam Henson will lead a ramble through Galloway Forest Park. He will be joined by siblings Karis (13), eight-year old Logan and six-year old Lewis who, following the loss of their dad Steven, have been supported by Strathcarron Hospice's Season's for Growth Programme - a bereavement support service funded by Children In Need.

Ellie Harrison will lead a mass ramble through Ely and will be joined by 14-year-old Amy, who has been supported by Spread-a-Smile following a diagnosis of osteosarcoma in March 2017.

Baker will be taking on one of Countryfile's toughest rambles when he heads up to the Isle of Skye with Josh (12) who has Niemann-Pick disease, type C and is supported by Niemann-Pick UK.

In Wales, John Craven and Steve Brown will be leading a ramble joined by young people who have been supported by Contact Wales/Cymru, which delivers outdoor experiences and activity days to disabled children and young people.

Craven said: "Leading a Countryfile ramble and raising money for BBC Children In Need is a real privilege - it's one of the highlights of our year."

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