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Countryfile presenters Matt Baker, John Craven, Steve Brown, Margherita Taylor, Adam Henson and Anita Rani will all head off to various locations around the UK for a one-to-one ramble with a young person supported by a BBC Children in Need funded charity or local project. This year, due to Covid-restrictions, the rambles will be closed to members of the public but Adam will be heading off around the Cotswolds with two young people.
Adam and his sheepdog Peg will be joined for part of their ramble by Rayane and his support dog, Diesel.
Rayane, who developed hearing loss at the age of 18 months old, is currently supported by Hearing Dogs for Deaf People in Buckinghamshire; the project provided the family with Diesel to help Rayane feel less isolated and to alert him to important sounds.
Also joining Adam on the second half of the ramble will be Molly who has Cerebral Palsy, along with her disability assistance dog Chess.
Molly is supported by the charity Support Dogs based in South Yorkshire; they trained Chess and matched him with Molly in 2019 – since then he has provided Molly with both the practical support and the confidence to be more independent at home and outside.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk about why the ramble is so important to him, Adam explained: “So I’ve worked with a number of different people over the years, from people whose husband is dying from motor neurone disease, from children who are suffering with disabilities, you know, all sorts of different people from different walks of life.
“To understand the work that Children in Need does to support people who are really facing some very difficult disadvantages, then, it’s great to be part of it and, and yes, some are very inspiring and often bringing a tear to your eye.”
He added: “It makes you appreciate how lucky you are as an individual with your family and your children.
“But also realising how strong some of these characters are that can just get on with life and make the most of what they’ve got and with the support of some wonderful charities and wonderful people around them.”
Adam went on to explain why it’s so important to get young people outdoors and into the Countryside.
“The whole idea behind the ramble is to get people out into the fresh air, get out into the countryside, you know, put your mobile phone away, look, see, smell, hear, you know, just be part of the great outdoors,” he detailed.
“It’s a wonderful social thing, walking and chatting and enjoying fresh air.
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“It’s obviously great to be able to exercise at the same time, and I think it’s a really lovely way of people getting out to help raise funds and so people can set up their own little rambles wherever they are in the country.
“Whether it’s setting yourself a challenge to walk around your garden or whether it’s going out into the park or whether it’s taking a hike up a mountain, you know, there’s so many different ways you can get out and enjoy the great outdoors and hopefully get out into the countryside too.
“And you know, as a family, I’ve always enjoyed walking with my partner and our kids and the dogs and it’s a really special thing to do and it’s a great way of using walking in the countryside.”
Detailing how Countryfile viewers can get involved despite the latest Covid restrictions, Adam shared: “What we’re doing as presenters is trying to encourage everybody to go out and do their own rambles.
“But obviously, the COVID restrictions mean at the moment, you can’t do that with more than six people, and, you know, they need to look at all the guidance on the website.
“So you can go to the Children in Need website, go to the Ramble Hub, find out all the information of how to set up your own ramble, but also how to donate.
“I really encourage people to get out of there and we’re running the ramble on the 10th and 11th of October. So over that weekend, and the program itself will be shown on the first of November, which is a really beautiful special program all about the rambles and the amazing characters all the presenters are meeting.”
Since the Countryfile Ramble began in 2015, it has raised more than £7.9million for the charity. For information on how to get involved and how to ramble safely (including links to the latest Covid-19 Government guidance), visit the Ramble Hub at bbc.co.uk/countryfile.
Countryfile airs Sunday on BBC One at 6pm.
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