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Manchester Dad Cycles Home From Glasgow On Kid's Bike For Charity

Manchester Dad Cycles Home From Glasgow On Kid's Bike For Charity

A dad has cycled from Glasgow back home to Manchester on his daughter's little pink bike, all in the name of charity.

Thirty-seven-year-old Wesley Hamnett, from Wythenshawe, finished the incredible feat at 6pm last night (21 September), having travelled about 230 miles in six days.

He'd gone from Glasgow through the Lake District and made it all the way back to south Manchester, which is no mean feat.

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Credit: Wesley Hamnett
Credit: Wesley Hamnett

And yes, it's worth confirming - he decided to make the trek across the border on his daughter's tiny bike, which had been lying in the shed for the last few years.

Wesley, who works at Manchester Airport, tells LADbible he's - understandably - feeling a bit on the sore side.

"I feel on top of the world that I've done it and I can see the family, but I do feel absolutely done in," he says.

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"The top of my back is the worst, but my legs and knees are pretty sore. I've got work at 7am in the morning as well!"

Credit: Wesley Hamnett
Credit: Wesley Hamnett

But his daughters, Evie, 10 and Tehya, 8, are made up with their dad's incredible effort.

Wes continues: "They seem really happy and proud, they seem to be beaming with pride, I've never seen them smile so much."

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So far, he's raised an incredible £6,000 - including offline donations - and all the money he has raised will go to a selection of charities, including Macmillan, Christie Hospital, British Heart Foundation and his local hospital in Wythenshawe.

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Wesley's daughters are so proud of their dad. Credit: Enda Burke
Wesley's daughters are so proud of their dad. Credit: Enda Burke

He explains: "The main reason is that my grandparents all passed away, the last one was last year - my grandad Fred.

"That was a bit of a sad time really, knowing that I'd not got any grandparents left. So I thought, 'I want to do something significant,' you know, to raise money for the people that have helped them all through our lives."

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Sharing the details of his plans on Twitter, Wes said that if he could get 1000 retweets on his post, he would do it on his daughter's bike, rather than his own - and so he did, which must have looked unusual to say the least.

Credit: Enda Burke
Credit: Enda Burke
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Wes tells us: "You know what, when [passers-by] give me a funny look, I just say 'morning' and 'evening' and smile at them, and they'd say it back - it builds you up.

"Then they'd just go, 'What the hell are you doing?' And then I'd stop and chat, so I spent half my time just chatting to people. But the general public have been great."

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And what's next for Wes? Having ridden to London and Amsterdam already, you might think Glasgow on a kid's bike would seem like a good opportunity to call time on his long-distance endeavours.

Credit: Wesley Hamnett
Credit: Wesley Hamnett

Well, guess again. Wes had originally planned to take a trip to Russia this year, on his own bike (thankfully).

But with Covid-19 throwing everything off course this year, he decided to go more local and head up to Glasgow. That's not the end of that idea though, it's still most certainly in the pipeline.

He adds: "I'll definitely still go. I'm really keen on doing that. And I've only postponed that. Usually, whatever I'm saying I'm going to do, I'll do it - I'm not backing down."

Russia it is then! If you want to donate to Wes' crowdfunder, visit his GoFundMe page, here.

Featured Image Credit: Enda Burke

Topics: Daily Ladness

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Amelia is a journalist at LADbible. After studying journalism at Liverpool John Moores and Salford Uni (don't ask), she went into PR and then the world of music. After a few years working on festivals and events, she went back to her roots. In her spare time, Amelia likes music, Liverpool FC, and spending good, quality time with her cat, Paul. You can contact Amelia at [email protected]