Kelsey Returns to a Hero’s Welcome Following Epic Rickshaw Challenge

Presenter Matt Baker and Kelsey with two outriders cycling on the Rickshaw Challenge

Photo credit: Steve Crump

Royal National College for the Blind student, Kelsey Trevett, was given a hero’s welcome when he returned to the College on Tuesday, 19 November, following his adventures on the BBC Children in Need Rickshaw Challenge.

The Challenge saw Kelsey take on the mammoth task of cycling 400 miles from Holyhead to London in some savage weather conditions along with team mates, Adelle, Emma, Josh, Thomas and Uche.

This year, the Rickshaw was fitted with a special recumbent guide trike (named Lacey after Kelsey’s guide dog) engineered by Formula One’s McClaren. This meant Kelsey could get the full experience of riding a bike.

On Friday night on the appeal show, the Team crossed the finish line and it was revealed that the Rickshaw Team had raised a magnificent £8.5 million, which included the 40% boost pledged by the Hunter Foundation.

On returning to RNC, staff and students gave Kelsey a well-deserved guard of honour, which was followed by a short interview with local MC, Matt Healey. Kelsey said:

‘It’s been incredible, it’s been great and having all the support we’ve had over the last eight days has been amazing. It’s great to be back at RNC and seeing everyone again – I did kind of miss them.’

Talking about the rest of Team Rickshaw, he went on to say:

‘They’re all lovely and it’s been very difficult to say goodbye, there has been a lot of tears but we’re definitely friends for life.’

Lacey, Kelsey’s guide dog, wasn’t able to join him for the challenge and spent the week with Kelsey’s family. He said:

‘I missed her more than she missed me – she got a week off so it’s fine.’

For now, it is back to the normality of studying for A Levels but who knows where Kelsey’s next adventure will take him.

Here is a gallery of photos from Kelsey’s time in Anglesey by Steve Crump and a couple from his homecoming at RNC:


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