The One Show has been forced to halt their Rickshaw Challenge for Children In Need after a member of the crew tested positive for coronavirus.
Matt Baker and a team of six young people were taking part in the 10th anniversary of the task, which already had changed format from previous years due to Covid restrictions.
However the annual event has now been postponed as a precautionary measure, with participants being sent home.
All six members of the Rickshaw Challenge 2020 were wanting to give back and raise money having bravely fought a series of illnesses in their life, including bone cancer and autoimmune diseases.
The team are now exploring the possibility of completing the challenge remotely, but this has not yet been put in place.
BBC Children In Need said in a statement: ‘The safety of the young people on Team Rickshaw is of paramount importance.
‘As a precautionary measure, a decision has been made to send the young participants home from the challenge today.
‘The One Show team are currently exploring ways in which Matt Baker and Team Rickshaw can continue the challenge together safely from home.’
‘Ahead of the challenge, following medical advice, a set of robust safety measures were put in place to minimise the risk of infection to all of those involved,’ they continued.
‘On site the team was following government guidelines with strict social distancing measures enforced at all times and routine testing was scheduled several times throughout the challenge to ensure early detection and elimination of any Covid-19 cases.
‘During one of these routine tests, a positive result was confirmed amongst a member of the crew and immediate action was taken.’
The One Show further shared their sadness at the mission being cancelled, and said: ‘We’re deeply saddened to announce that this year’s @bbccin #RickshawChallenge will not be going ahead as planned.
‘Thank you to everyone who has supported so far.’
The One Show airs tonight at 7pm on BBC One.
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