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Children in Need: Tomorrow the Rickshaw Challenge comes to West Bridgford – local girl Emma Redgate takes part!


The Rickshaw Challenge is back with a new route, a new team, and a newly modified rickshaw – and it comes through Nottingham and West Bridgford!

Stage six of the mammoth journey from North Wales to London enters Nottingham from the A52 and continues over Trent Bridge, leaving the area via Melton Road on its way to Melton Mowbray on 13th November.

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Timings below are estimates and subject to change 


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Stage 6 passes through Nottingham and West Bridgford


Emma Redgate, 18, from Radcliffe-on-Trent.

Shortly after Emma was born, doctors realised she had severe liver disease resulting in her undergoing two liver transplants.

Sadly, her first, at the age of 9 months was unsuccessful.However, she endured a second transplant aged 3 and a half.
Due to Emma’s illness she spent a lot of time in hospital over the course of her childhood.  As she grew up, Emma started swimming and in 2015 represented Team GB at the World Transplant Games, taking home several medals.

However, in 2017, Emma had a seizure which left her unable to walk, see properly or concentrate for long periods.

Emma’s sight gradually returned and a year later, following a long process of rehabilitation and physiotherapy, Emma was able to walk again.

Emma has been supported by the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation who have provided her and her family with guidance and support throughout her life.

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Emma said:

‘When I was born my family worried that I wouldn’t survive as I was so ill. My organs were on the opposite side of my body to where they normally should be and my liver wasn’t functioning properly.

‘It was a life or death situation. So to save me I had a liver transplant but unfortunately this didn’t work for long and by the age of three I had another one.

‘When I look at photos from this time I think of how difficult it must have been for my parents – I was a tiny thing, covered in tubes with scars from all the surgery.’


‘Throughout all of this the Child Liver Disease Foundation, a charity supported by Children in Need, helped me and my family.

They provide so much care to so many families going through difficult times.

‘This year I want to give something back, that’s why I’m taking part in The Rickshaw Challenge. We’re riding from North Wales to London to raise money for Children in Need. I’m honoured to take part and for me it represents a big milestone.

‘Finally I’m well enough to take part in sport again. As I ride I’ll be celebrating how far I’ve come. Hopefully that’ll be an inspiration for all the children who have had or are waiting for transplants across the UK. I want them to hang on in there and hold on to their dreams!

‘Please give whatever you can to this great cause. Thank you.’

Day 1 – Holyhead to Portmeirion
Day 2 – Portmeirion to Machynlleth
Day 3 – Machynlleth to Oswestry
Day 4 – Oswestry to Crewe
Day 5 – Crewe to Matlock Bath
Day 6 – Matlock to Melton Mowbray
Day 7 – Melton Mowbray to Bedford
Day 8 – Bedford to Borehamwood

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