Teen chosen for a charity challenge

One Show presenters Alex Jones and Matt Baker with Morpeth rider Lucy.
One Show presenters Alex Jones and Matt Baker with Morpeth rider Lucy.
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A teenager has been chosen to take part in a charity challenge on BBC One thanks to her involvement with a county youth project.

Sixteen-year-old Lucy has been selected to take part in the One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge in aid of BBC Children in Need.

Lucy, from Morpeth, stopped growing prematurely before she was born and has cerebral palsy, partial deafness and a sight condition that has limited her eyes’ range of motion.

The family doctor’s initial diagnosis was that Lucy may never walk or talk. Lucy has defied the original prognosis though, and she can now do both.

Lucy’s can-do attitude has enabled her to persevere despite her medical conditions, allowing her an active and full life.

And now, thanks to her involvement with Cramlington Voluntary Youth Project (CVYP) will join a team of riders to take on a 470 mile journey from Land’s End to the East End to raise money for Children in Need.

Beginning on November 6, the rickshaw team will work their way across England in a bid to cross the finish line in Elstree on Friday, November 13, in time for the Children in Need appeal show.

Lucy said: “I like to challenge myself, and recently completed my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award through the CVYP.

“The Rickshaw Challenge will be my toughest yet, but I’m excited to get under way.”

To support the challenge, you can donate £5 by texting the word TEAM to 70705.