Belfast Telegraph

Countryfile launches rambles for BBC Children In Need

It is the third time that Countryfile has held its Ramble for BBC Children In Need.

Matt Baker, Anita Rani and their fellow Countryfile presenters are heading out on a series of rambles across the UK for BBC Children In Need.

The presenters will be joined on the walks by viewers of the BBC1 show as well as children and young people supported by Children In Need funded projects.

The team will head to five different locations across the UK – Castlewellan Park in Northern Ireland, the Brecon Beacons, the west coast of Scotland, Dartmoor National Park and Bristol – over the weekend of October 14 and 15.

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

Countryfile ramble

Presenter Adam Henson will lead the largest group on a walk through Bristol, with up to 1,200 supporters.

He will be joined by the Penn family, in which three of the four children have been diagnosed with Batten Disease, a rare and life-limiting genetic disorder.

Father Jody said: “The children love going out and exploring so we’re really pleased to have been given the opportunity to take part in the Countryfile Ramble – we are all looking forward to doing it.

“It will be a challenge for the children but it will be great to raise awareness of Batten Disease.”

Ellie Harrison will be joined in the Brecon Beacons by up to 50 Countryfile viewers, while Baker will head to Dartmoor National Park with a small group of supporters and 19-year-old Georgina from Hertfordshire, who developed a brain tumour when she was 12 and has been supported by the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.

Countryfile ramble

Rani will head to the Scottish coastline and John Craven will be in Castlewellan Park.

It is the third year of the Countryfile Ramble for BBC Children In Need, which has raised £2.3million for the charity to date.

The walks will be broadcast as an extended programme, The Countryfile Ramble For BBC Children In Need, on BBC1 on November 5.

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