Countryfile hosts to pull on their boots to ramble for Children in Nee

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The eighth year of Countryfile Ramble will see presenters Matt Baker, Anita Rani, Charlotte Smith and Margherita Taylor enjoy scenic spots with a young person helped by a project funded by the charity.

Matt, 44, who has been on the BBC rural show since 2009, will be joined in Northern Ireland by Saul. The 13-year-old has spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia – a form of dwarfism that affects his mobility, bone development and growth – but has help from the Mae Murray Foundation which provides activities for disabled youngsters.

Anita, 44, will walk in Wales with Riley, 11, who has a portable oxygen tank. BBC Children in Need funds his specialist play therapist. With help to develop his resilience Riley climbed the 2,907ft Pen y Fan peak with his rugby team last year.

Charlotte, 58, will be joined in Wales by Isabella, 10, who is autistic and was helped by a funded project at Dogs for Autism. It trains her assistance animal Storm that will walk with the pair.

Since Countryfile Ramble began in 2015, participants have raised more than £12.5million for the charity, fronted by mascot Pudsey Bear. The October 8 and 9 walks will be broadcast on November 6. As well as the hosts’ efforts, the public are encouraged to arrange sponsored rambles.

Veteran presenter John Craven, 82, who will host a ramble, said: “We’re thrilled to be back. Taking part in a ramble is a win-win – it’s good for your own health and you will be supporting the lives of the children and young people.”

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