A STUDENT from Hereford will join one of the hosts of a popular BBC One chat show for part of a 400-mile cycling challenge.

Matt Baker from The One Show takes part in The Rickshaw Challenge every year to raise money for Children in Need.

Now in its ninth year, a team of six young people will join the host on the eight-day challenge which begins in Holyhead in north Wales on November 8.

Joining the team this year is 17-year old Kelsey, who studies at the Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford.

Kelsey is blind and as a baby he was diagnosed with bilateral retinoblastoma in his left eye, but it couldn't be saved.

A few years later, at the age of five, Kelsey found out the cancer had returned in his right eye and doctors were unable to save it, leaving Kelsey blind.

For the last six years he's been playing goalball, after being inspired by the paralympic games in London in 2012.

Goalball UK is funded by BBC Children in Need to deliver goalball activities and competitive opportunities for blind and partially sighted young people.

Kelsey also has a guide dog Lacey which has enabled him to live a more independent life.

Kelsey said: "I'm determined to prove that being blind should never be a barrier and I'm really looking forward to being part of Team Rickshaw.

"I hope that the public get behind us, come out to support us on the road, and donate to BBC Children in Need."

The team's progress will be broadcast live on The One Show throughout the week, as Matt's co-presenters follow the team on their 400-mile journey.

Since 2011 the challenge has raised more than £25 million for BBC Children in Need. Donations go towards improving the lives of children and young people across the UK who need it most.