BBC Merseyside’s Breakfast team will be visiting Wirral on their most ambitious fundraiser yet for BBC Children in Need - a 140-mile bike and busk across Merseyside and Cheshire.
Embarking from Lord Street in Southport, live on the show on Monday, November, 13, Breakfast Show presenter Tony Snell and producer Steve Coleman will cycle and sing for five days until Friday, November 17, date of the BBC Children in Need 2017 national appeal. Together, they will pedal their way to schools and county landmarks including Woodside Ferry, Everton’s Goodison Park and many more.
Details of the route are:
- Day 1 Lord Street, Southport to Kirby Market
- Day 2 Kirkby Market via St Helens RLFC to Warrington Wolves
- Day 3 Warrington Wolves to Liverpool John Lennon Airport
- Day 4 Liverpool John Lennon Airport to Pierhead Ferry Terminal and Wirral
- Day 5 Woodside Ferry Terminal to Goodison Park
Along the way the duo will be joined by the Sing Me Merseyside choir and the Mersey Harmony Choir who will help them put on live performances. Tony and Steve will also have the chance to meet with a number of BBC Children in Need funded projects throughout the journey, and hear how the public’s generosity has made a difference so far.
One of the projects being featured on the bike and busk tour is Home-Start Southport & Formby, which has a three-year grant of £106,863 to deliver the Play to Learn project for vulnerable and isolated children. Aiming to help children develop their learning skills and support their general wellbeing, the project has weekly sessions for the whole family, and even offers training for parents.
Claire House, a project providing play therapy sessions to children and young people living with terminal illness, will also be featured on the show. The group, which has been funded by BBC Children in Need for more than ten years, currently receives a three-year grant of £89,542 to fund a play therapist who delivers the sessions using technology.
The station is calling on listeners to support by tuning into the show to follow Tony and Steve’s progress, and come out to the stops to croon, harmonize or simply hum along and help them raise some much needed funds for BBC Children in Need.
Looking ahead to the challenge Tony said: “I am delighted to get involved with BBC Children in Need this year. The charity is encouraging people to do their thing and help fundraise to change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK, and here is mine! I’m putting my legs to work, tuning my guitar and sipping lots of hot tea to get my voice in tip top shape. I hope people will really get behind us and join in for a song or two to help us raise money – it’s all for a great cause.”
Steve added: “BBC Children in Need is a charity close to my heart and I’m really looking forward to getting out to do some fundraising and also getting our listeners involved. We’ll be singing some classics, so why not come and busk it out with us. You’ll be in great company as we’ll have some of Merseyside’s most talented with us. It’ll be worth every penny!”
BBC Children in Need currently funds 78 projects across Merseyside with funding of more than £5million invested in the area.
For more info, tune in to BBC Radio Merseyside. You can also follow their fundraising on social media: