BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 08 Sept '19

Countryfile presenters call on the nation to get together, ramble together and change young lives together for BBC Children in Need

This evening, BBC Countryfile announced the return of the Countryfile Ramble for BBC Children in Need.

Now in its fifth year, the Ramble will see regular Countryfile presenters lace up their walking boots and lead rambles across the UK to help make a difference to young people’s lives.

Next month, presenters Matt Baker, Steve Brown, John Craven, Ellie Harrison, Tom Heap, Adam Henson and Anita Rani will be heading off to various locations across the UK to host rambles for BBC Children in Need.

The presenters will be joined by viewers of the show and inspirational children and young people who have been supported by charities and projects funded by the charity.

£6.2m raised for charity

Since the Countryfile Ramble began in 2015, ramblers have raised more than £6.2m for Chi Need.

This year will once again see the presenters rambling in some of the nation’s most beautiful locations, including Glenariff Forest Park in Northern Ireland; Scone Palace in Scotland; the Worcestershire riverside and the North Cornwall coastline.

The rambles will take place on 05 and 06 October and will be filmed for a special programme, to be aired later in the month.

Ahead of the rambles, the presenters are once again calling on the public to get walking, talking, rambling and ambling for BBC Children in Need by doing their own sponsored rambles for the charity, which will help support disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

‘We are delighted to be teaming up with the Countryfile team once again to get the nation rambling this autumn. Taking part in a short sponsored walk or an ambitious hike makes a huge difference to the thousands of children and young people we support across the UK. It’s a terrific way to get together to support a fantastic cause.’

TOMMY NAGRA
Director of content for BBC Children in Need

Anita in North Cornwall

Anita Rani will be leading a circular ramble around North Cornwall’s beautiful heritage coastline and inland routes that will take in stunning sea views and grassy hill-top paths.

Anita will be joined by 11-year-old Cara who has been supported by the Donna Louise Trust following the loss of her older sister, Elle, last year.

‘I can’t wait to pull up my walking socks and get rambling once again for BBC Children in Need this year. I’ve been lucky enough to take part in every Countryfile Ramble over the last four years, and to have met some truly inspiring children and young people in the process.

‘Thanks to your donations, BBC Children in Need really can make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. That’s why I’m really looking forward to seeing the public getting involved in their thousands again this year and leading their own rambles come wind, rain or shine; because together, we really can change lives.’

ANITA RANI
Countryfile presenter

Ellie and Steve in Worcester

In Worcestershire, Ellie Harrison and Steve Brown will lead a mass ramble through the city of Worcester, where they will take in picturesque views of the River Severn and historic sights around the city.

The pair will be joined on their ramble by more than 2,000 Countryfile viewers and 16-year-old Aaliyah who, following a diagnosis of Dilated Cardiomyopathy (CDM) – a condition which affects the heart muscle – has been supported by Cardiomyopathy UK.

With the support of BBC Children in Need funding, Aaliyah has been able join a Youth Panel at Cardiomyopathy UK, where she meets with other young people with the same condition and is able to talk and raise awareness about how this challenging condition affects her life.

John in Scotland

In Scotland, John Craven will be leading a regal ramble around Perthshire’s Scone Palace, known for its magnificent architecture, stunning gardens and acres of beautiful woodland.

Joining John will be 13-year-old Lucy, who was born with Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus, a life-long condition that affects the spine and brain. Through BBC Children in Need funding, Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland is able to provide Lucy with the vital one-to-one specialised personal care that she requires.

Adam in Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland, Adam Henson will be leading an adventurous ramble through Glenariff Forest Park in one of the Antrim Glens which will take in stunning waterfalls and conservation areas.

Adam will be joined by a group of children from Focus on Family, a BBC Children in Need funded project, based in County Londonderry.

Funding from the charity has allowed Focus on Family to develop the Eco-Warriors Club, a nature based activity programme for children aged 5-11 living on the Ballysally and Milburn Estate.

Matt’s long-distance ramble

Meanwhile, Matt Baker will be taking on a challenging distance route – which will be announced at a later date – with 14-year-old Ethan, who was born with Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy, a condition which affects his mobility.

Using BBC Children in Need funding, Surfability Wales is able to provide Ethan with surfing lessons on specially adapted boards, giving him access to a fantastic sport for building confidence and having fun.

Join a ramble!

Since the Countryfile Ramble began in 2015, more than 4,500 people have joined the presenters on their rambles across the UK, collectively racking up thousands of miles.

This year, the public can join teams of walkers across the UK hosting a Countryfile Ramble for BBC Children in Need or set up their own and join the thousands rambling across the nations.

The walks will take place in October and will be broadcast as an extended programme: The Countryfile Ramble for BBC Children in Need, on BBC One, Sunday 28 October.