Harmless and all our team are proud to have featured in this documentary, looking at our work and a hosting a visit from Nick. Please give it a read, a share and a watch. Wednesday, BBC1, 8pm.
Anyone who watched BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin’s daily bulletins from the Namib Desert in Africa will know that this was the most brutally punishing of fundraising challenges.
Minchin and her little band of brothers and sisters – Strictly’s Karim Zeroual, Frankie Bridge from the Saturdays, newsreader Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw, Rob (Judge) Rinder and EastEnders’ Samantha Womack – forged their way through the desert with a series of challenges, including cycling, skiing and walking.
It all became too much for Grimshaw at one point. As was widely reported, medics decided he should miss one of the daily tasks due to acute heat exhaustion – he had a body temperature of 40 degrees.
How different it could all have been: original plans for an On Thin Ice fundraiser in Mongolia, where the group would have to cross a 100-mile frozen lake by various means, were dropped in the light of the coronavirus outbreak.
ABOUT THIS PROGRAMME
Nick Grimshaw, Frankie Bridge, Rob Rinder, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Karim Zeroual, Samantha Womack and Louise Minchin attempt to cross the world’s oldest desert in Namibia. In four days, the group must travel over 100 miles, scale the highest sand dunes on Earth and avoid deadly wildlife, all under the glare of the blistering desert sun, to finally reach the world-famous Eduard Bohlen shipwreck on Africa’s skeleton coast.