Posted on 19th November 2018
Activity centre help radio presenter power to the tower

Staff from the Anderton Centre proved that they’re suited to the outdoors as they joined Team Sally for the BBC Radio Lancashire Rickshaw Challenge.

Members of the Anderton Team put their best food forward for the ‘Power to the Tower’ Challenge for Children in Need. The challenge saw BBC Radio Lancashire presenter Sally Naden go head-to-head with rival Graham Liver this week, travelling by Rickshaw from the Blackburn studio to Blackpool Tower.

Graham and Sally

The teams each pedalled over 100 miles across Lancashire to try and be the first to reach Blackpool Tower, with the winner, Graham Liver, lighting up the tower yellow for Pudsey.

David Germain, Centre Manager at the Anderton Centre, was interviewed live by presenter Sally Naden while pedalling the Rickshaw as part of her ‘sterling’ team midway through the challenge.

He said: “It’s not easy pushing these things up hills, but it’s all for a superb cause.”

Sally told him and the team that they have climbed more hills that day than rival Graham over has climbed all week.

Sally interviewed David about the land and water-based activities available at the site, based on the banks of Lower Rivington Reservoir. She heard about the 70-bed residential centre which offers canoeing, kayaking, sailing, and improvised raft building as well as the ‘dry’ sports like archery and rope courses to primary schools, high schools, education facilities and businesses for corporate team building activities.

David said: “It’s an amazing facility with lots of proper outdoors fun.

“I was the kind of kid who was always playing out as a child. I was lucky enough to be involved in the Scouts and that’s where my passion for the outdoors came from.

Anderton Centre staff

“At the Anderton Centre we set children and adults challenges and help them achieve their goals. It’s really rewarding stuff.

“We’re advocates of high-quality outdoor education. We help to develop people’s skills through challenges, team work, co-operation, problem building and team building games.

“The children can take the skills they develop here and transfer them to the classroom and apply them to the curriculum. We give children the confident and opportunity to succeed in a different environment.”

Sally, who said she would visit the site, said: “I have had confidence all my life, but my brother hasn’t, and it can hold you back. It does make a difference.”

The BBC Children In Need appeal culminated on Friday night. Across Lancashire, BBC Children in Need currently funds 54 projects to the value of £4million.