Shona takes the Rickshaw Challenge for charity!

It was great to be able to show my Rainbows how important social action is!

Two years ago young, when she was just 15, young leader Shona was diagnosed with Niemann-Pick Type C, a rare neurodegenerative condition that causes difficulty with movement, talking and eating. Shona was determined this wouldn’t hold her back Shona recently took part in the One Show’s 500 mile long Rickshaw Challenge to raise money for Children in Need.

When I told my unit that I was doing the Rickshaw Challenge and that I’d be on TV they were really excited and happy for me.We battled steep hills and braved the elements as we made our way from London to Glasgow with the rest of the riders. There were six of us altogether and The One Show host Matt Baker cycled alongside me for most of the journey – that was so cool.

We battled steep hills and braved the elements as we made our way from London to Glasgow with the rest of the riders. There were six of us altogether and The One Show host Matt Baker cycled alongside me for most of the journey – that was so cool.

After crossing over the border into Scotland we had to double the amount of layers we had on – it was absolutely freezing and the rain was so heavy! It even started to snow as we rode into Glasgow to reach the finish line! It was still such an amazing experience and the fun didn’t stop there.

Later at the BBC Strictly Come Dancing Blue Peter Special I gave a speech in front of everyone which was so exciting and it went really well. I’m such a big Blue Peter fan and getting to meet loads of the stars of the show was a real highlight for me. I spoke about how hard I trained and how going to the gym a lot had helped ease the symptoms of my condition which was a huge bonus.

Niemann-Pick UK (NPUK), a project which is part-funded by BBC Children in Need, has been a lifeline for my family and I as they’ve given us lots of emotional support throughout my diagnosis. Knowing I was helping raise funds and awareness for an amazing charity like BBC Children in Need was such a great feeling and it kept me going the whole way through.

That and the fact that it was so good to show my Rainbows how important social action is and the impact you can make.

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