The One Show – sister undertakes the Rickshaw Challenge for her sister

Amira’s sister, Elle, suffered a brain haemorrhage and severe brain injury in 2013.

Amira with Pudsey the bear before the Rickshaw Challenge 2015 The One Show has launched the return of the Rickshaw Challenge, with a new team of riders and route across England.

The challenge involved a group of young people powering the rickshaw and raising money for Children in Need.

Teenager, Amira from Kingswinford, West Midlands, has been selected for the challenge following her involvement with The Children’s Trust, a project funded by BBC Children in Need.

The 17-year-old’s sister, Elle, requires round-the-clock care and has limited movement and speech, following a brain haemorrhage in 2013.

Amira always looked up to her big sister, and seeing her go through this transformation took a huge emotional toll.

Read Elle's full story here

After the incident Elle spent many months in hospital. When she was ready to leave the family struggled to find a place that could address Elle’s complex care needs, while allowing them the opportunity to take an active role in her rehabilitation.

It was Amira who discovered The Children’s Trust online. The charity offers specialist care for children and teens suffering from brain injury.

BBC Children in Need funds their Leisure and Activities Coordinator to run sessions that complement intense medical therapies and are specifically designed to help the whole family relax and enjoy some quality time together.

Because Amira spent all of her weekends and holidays at The Children’s Trust, she was often involved in Elle’s activities. With help from the charity, Amira has been able to come to terms with her sister’s condition and has learned ways to help care for her. Amira has since been on a journey to regain her confidence in full and she is keen to support her fellow team members in this year’s challenge.

Speaking of her involvement, Amira said: “I know it’ll be a challenge, especially as we’re facing some really long days in terms of mileage, but I’m really looking forward to getting under way.  Through funding The Children’s Trust, BBC Children in Need has had such a big impact, both on me and Elle, so I’m looking forward to giving something back. 

It’s for a brilliant cause, so I really hope that people will support this year’s challenge. Their donations will keep me pedalling on!"Amira

This year’s Team Rickshaw will cover 470 miles from Land’s End to the East End. It will start on 6 November  in a bid to cross the finish line in Elstree on Friday 13 November, for the BBC Children in Need Appeal Show.

To date, the Rickshaw Challenge has raised over £7.9 million for BBC Children in Need, with each and every penny going to projects supporting disadvantaged children and young people in the UK. 
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