Blue Peter – Helen’s Amazing Amazon Adventure – Part 1 BBC One – Tuesday 16th March, 4:35pm

The story of Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton’s incredible record-breaking adventure, kayaking solo down the mighty River Amazon in aid of Sport  Relief, is told over the course of two programmes.

In one of the toughest challenges ever undertaken by a Blue Peter presenter, Helen’s epic journey was conducted at a gruelling pace, paddling up to 14 hours a day to complete her target of kayaking 2,010 miles in six weeks, with only one rest day a week. This first programme follows her as she begins her training with Expedition Medicine, arriving in Peru for the start of her odyssey. She visits Proceso Social, a project which uses Sport Relief cash to reduce child labour and increase access to education among semi-urban child migrants in Peru. Helen then begins her first week on the water.