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Rickshaw Challenge inspiration is guest of honour

It was our honour to welcome the inspirational Alexander Walker to Saturday’s game against Belper Town as one of our hospitality guests.

Alexander is one of five young people from across the country who took part in the Rickshaw Relay last month, having previously been supported by BBC Children in Need-funded projects.

The 16-year-old was diagnosed with autism aged two, which meant he often struggled to connect with others and for a few years he didn’t talk at all, until he secured a place at an autism specific school.

In time he discovered two charities which allowed him to make new friends, learn new skills, increase his independence, have fun and grow in confidence.

He hopes taking on the Rickshaw Challenge – which saw five people relaying a rickshaw around the country – will help other children and young people.

You can watch how he got on in a special one-off documentary on BBC One on Tuesday, which will not only share the team’s remarkable stories but also celebrate the history of the Rickshaw Challenge.

Alexander presented the Shaun Matthias Player of the Month award for October to Mackenzie Heaney before Saturday’s game, and also presented the man of the match trophy to Lewis Alessandra.

We congratulate him for his tremendous achievement.

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