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RESILIENT ROSIE: Ruislip teenager to defy disability by taking on TV challenge

 Published on: 1st November 2020   |   By: Dean Shaw   |   Category: Uncategorized

A teenager from Ruislip with a disability will take part in this year’s BBC Children in Need and The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge. 

The challenge was started in 2011 and sees presenter Matt Baker travel huge distances in a rickshaw alongside children who have been supported by BBC Children in Need.

Rosie, 19, from Ruislip will take part this year as she tells her inspiring story.

She was born 11 weeks premature and spent some weeks in a special care unit, where she had a brain haemorrhage.

At around 11 months old, during a routine check, the consultant noticed her legs cross in a particular way and diagnosed her with cerebral palsy.

Whilst Rosie was growing up, she had a few procedures to enable her to use her legs as much as possible, spending months in rehabilitation each time.

Rosie is taking on the Rickshaw Challenge as she wants to change people’s perception of disability and prove to herself that she can do it despite her condition.

Rosie said: “I’m looking forward to taking part in the Rickshaw Challenge. I want to share my story and show that even though I’m in a wheelchair, I’m really no different to anyone else.

“I hope that I can help to raise money that will go on to support other young people like me.”

Matt Baker said: “I am delighted that we can bring the Rickshaw Challenge back for the 10th year.

“This year, instead of coming out on the streets, we’re asking people to support us from the comfort of their own homes by tuning into The One Show each evening.”

The Rickshaw Challenge will be shown on The One Show each evening from November 6.

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