THE Rickshaw Challenge for BBC Children in Need  was announced today (15), with Matt Baker joining a team of six young people, including two from Hillingdon.

They plan to ride the equivalent of Matt's first solo ride in 2011, from Edinburgh to London - 332 miles - but all within the grounds of Glorious Goodwood.

Sarah, from Hillingdon, was fitted with a cochlear implant in her early years, to improve her hearing but communicating and everyday life was still extremely difficult for her.

When she was nine, she was assigned a hearing dog by Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

She said: “Before I met Waffle, I felt isolated and lonely but she completely changed my life and I feel so lucky to have her.”

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People currently receive a three-year grant of £92,334 from Children in Need to deliver the programme which matches hearing dogs with deaf children and young people.

Rosie, 19, from Ruislip, is also in the team. Rosie was born 11 weeks premature and was later diagnosed her with cerebral palsy. 

She has been supported by The Pace Centre, which currently receives a three-year grant of £101,906 from Children in Need.

Rosie said: “I want to show that, even though I’m in a wheelchair, I’m really no different to anyone else.”