Join us to support Rickshaw Riders

Quinlan Dunne – Viola Beach guitarist River Reeves’ brother – will be joined by TV presenter Matt Baker and four other inspirational young people when Children in Need’s Rickshaw Challenge rolls into action next week.

The charity relay-style ride will take place over five days from Monday, 17 October, to Friday, 21 October, and BBC Breakfast will be live with Matt Baker every morning that week from 6am to chronicle their journey for an upcoming documentary called The Rickshaw Relay Rides Again.

The Rickshaw will make its way from Warrington to Wrexham on Tuesday, 18 October, and people from Warrington are being asked to show their support for Quinlan and the Children in Need team when they set off from Queens Gardens – just next to Parr Hall – at 8.30am.

Life seemed to stand still for Quinlan when he lost his 19-year-old brother, River, in a tragic accident in 2016. River was one of the four members of the band Viola Beach, who all died, along with their manager Craig Tarry, when their car came off a bridge in Sweden. It made headline news across the world but at home Quinlan and his family were left devastated and didn’t know where to turn. Thankfully they found Child Bereavement UK, who are funded by BBC Children in Need and offer counselling for children and young people who find themselves dealing with unthinkable grief.

Quinlan said: “I’m really looking forward to taking part in the Rickshaw Relay. The BBC Children in Need funded Child Bereavement UK helped support me through one of the toughest moments in my life when I lost my brother, and that support was invaluable. I’m taking part in this challenge to give back and help other young people who are going through a tough time to get back on their feet.”