BBC Radio Lancashire presenters to pedal over 100 miles for Pudsey

Posted on - 24th October, 2017 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Preston News, Things to Do in and around Preston, What's On in Preston
Photo shows BBC Radio Lancashire’s Graham Liver and Gilly (John Gillmore) in the BBC Children in Need Pudsey Mobile.

BBC Radio Lancashire presenters are set to pedal over 100 miles to raise money for BBC Children in Need.


Two BBC presenters will be cycling a four-wheeled bicycle across Lancashire this November, covering over 100 miles in total.

Graham Liver, Newsreader on BBC North West Tonight and Breakfast presenter on BBC Radio Lancashire, and Gilly (John Gillmore) who presents the afternoon show will start their epic journey in the Pudsey-Mobile on Friday 10 November.

The pair will be setting off from the Ashton Memorial in Lancaster.

They will then visit every part of Lancashire in their special Pudsey-Mobile, including Kirkham, Preston, Leyland, Chorley, Blackburn, Accrington, Burnley, Brierfield, Colne, Padiham, Whalley, Clitheroe, Lytham, St. Anne’s and Cleveleys.

Photo shows BBC Radio Lancashire’s Graham Liver and Gilly (John Gillmore) with BBC Children in Need’s Pudsey bear in Blackpool.

They will finish up on Friday 17 November, ahead of BBC Children in Need Appeal night, at Blackpool Tower.

There will be coverage on the radio, online and on BBC North West Tonight, and the duo hope to be joined along their route by listeners to help cheer them on.

The pair aren’t strangers to fundraising for BBC Children in Need.

Read more: Cheeky Santa Dash returns to honour Ben Ashworth

Last year, Graham dragged a specially-designed bed along highways and country lanes meeting listeners in many of the towns and villages covered by BBC Radio Lancashire.

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Graham Liver said: “Last year, pulling a bed across the county was surprisingly really hard but it was the generous people of Lancashire who kept me going.

“This year, I’ve enlisted the help of one of Britain’s most athletic radio presenters and I just hope that Gilly’s military-style training regime isn’t too much for me!”

John Gillmore said: “Over the years I’ve done some ridiculous things for charity but being on the Pudsey-Mobile is possibly the strangest yet.

“As well as setting a world record for BBC Children in Need, I’ve long supported Graham’s many challenges and I’m looking forward to teaming up and raising as much money as possible for such a great cause.”

BBC Children in Need’s Chief Executive, Simon Antrobus, said: “BBC Children in Need is currently supporting 43 projects across Lancashire, to the value of £3.2million, which are helping to change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people right across the county.

“BBC Radio Lancashire always find creative ways of raising money, and it’s great to see that this year is no different!

“I’m looking forward to helping Graham and Gilly Pedal for Pudsey and I hope that everyone comes out to cheer them on as they take on this mammoth challenge! The money that they raise will go on to make a real difference to young lives.”

BBC Children in Need works to ensure that every child in the UK has a safe, happy and secure childhood, and the chance to reach their full potential.

It relies on the energy and commitment of thousands of fundraisers and supporters across the UK, who donate their time and money to charity.

You can get involved to by doing something fun for charity., and the official fundraising pack is available for download now is bursting with ideas to inspire Do Your Thing fundraising ahead of the 38th Appeal show on Friday 17 November.


To date the Great British public has raised over £909 million for children and young people across the UK and the charity is calling on people to once again pull out all the stops and help make a difference.

The main BBC Children in Need Rickshaw challenge will be passing through Preston along the A6 on the 13 November.

It’s part of their 500-mile challenge and Prestonians are asked to turn out to support the celebs doing it.

What do you think about the charity fundraiser? Have you been involved with any charities recently? Let us know in the comments below

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