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Challenge Anneka is making its eagerly awaited return to Channel 5 this month, and we have now had the news for episode 1 confirmed for Saturday 18th March at 8.50pm.
Thirty years after she last donned her legendary jumpsuit, Anneka Rice is packing up the big blue truck, jumping into her famous buggy and calling on the selflessness, goodwill and big hearts of the nation. Thats right, Challenge Anneka is back! Only now the Challenges are bigger than ever. From building a new home for dozens of abandoned dogs in Kent, to creating a new outdoor centre for vulnerable teens, constructing an entire memory village for dementia sufferers in the Wirral, or building a giant food hub, kitchen and caf for a whole community in Stockton. The team have just three days to complete each project. With sidekick Dave the soundman in tow, Anneka and her army must hit the ground running, grasp the big challenge and harness the power of hundreds of helpers, trades, experts and the local community to help her make peoples dreams come true.
Annekas Challenge this week comes from two extraordinary women Lisa and Denise. For sixty years,Foal Farm in Kent has rescued and rehomed thousands of abandoned dogs. The Farm has reached overflowing capacity and they now have to face the heartache of turning homeless dogs away. Annekas Challenge is to build a brand new mega-block of kennels, a grooming parlour and a doggie play area all in time for Foal Farms 60th Anniversary. And, there will also be a giant dog show as part of the celebrations. All in just three days. Expect carnage.
Anneka soon learns about the power of Foal Farm when she meets Pippa the Shih Tzu who came into the centre because her owner could no longer afford the veterinary bills. She has an idea to update their website to help Foal Farm with their adoption process, and puts the wheels in motion for a chaotic dog-driven photo shoot.
Meanwhile, to get the Dog Show started, Anneka hijacks a local radio station to appeal to anyone who has adopted a dog from Foal Farm in the past to get in touch and attend the big event.Back at the farm the huge cast of builders, trades people and helpers are facing an uphill struggle to keep the build on track.
With pooches everywhere, returning from their pampering sessions and running riot, Anneka finds out a dog photo shoot is no easy task. But with treats and chew toys on hand, the team captures the dogs in all their glory ready for an anniversary celebration for the Foal Farm website.
Anneka meets some Foal Farm success stories where the team have helped mistreated dogs with physio, and this inspires the Challenge team to find and blag a big game changing gift for the newly made-over location – a brand-new full size hydrotherapy pool which can be used to rehabilitate injured dogs in the future. Unfortunately hiding a surprise as big as this proves a challenge in itself!
With the Farm due to throw open the gates to hundreds of dogs and their owners its touch and go whether the Challenge team will make it. Will a massive late night push be enough tocomplete this big, emotional and entertaining Challenge without the fur flying
Challenge Anneka begins on Saturday 18th March at 8.50pm on Channel 5. Also available on My5.
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Written by: GlitterBeam
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