Polmont youngster is cycling 200 miles in July for charity

The sponsored cycle will raise money for food banks in the Falkirk area

Ché Hanlon (4) who aims to cycle 200 miles in July to raise money for local food banks.
Ché Hanlon (4) who aims to cycle 200 miles in July to raise money for local food banks.

A four-year-old from Polmont is getting on his bike this month to raise money to support the local food banks.

Ché Hanlon, who was attending St Andrews Nursery before the pandemic and will start in primary one after the summer, is embarking on a sponsored cycle of 200 miles this month and he’s already smashed his fundraising target.

Mum Laura said: “He was having a strop one meal time and his dad and I had a discussion with him about how some children don’t get breakfast, lunch and dinner every day at the moment with the schools not being open.

“He asked why and how he could help them, so we thought the best thing to do was to raise money for the local food banks.

“He loves his bike so we suggested he could do a sponsored cycle.

“Initially he was going to cycle 100 miles and had a target of £250, but he has had a lot of support so we upped it to 200 miles and he’s raised over £1000 now.

“It is way more than we expected him to raise and he’s over the moon. Every day he asks what number it is at now.

“He’s very excited to be helping to raise the money so the boys and girls can have food.”

Laura and husband Liam are both proud of their son for wanting to do something to help others less fortunate than himself.

After getting a new bike at the start of June, Ché and his family have been spending their time in lockdown cycling around the local area, with some days doing 14 or 16 miles.

And now they will continue their pedalling to ensure he can complete his miles before the end of July.

In the first five days of the month, Ché has already cycled more than 37 miles and the total on his fundraising page is currently over £1100.

To donate to Ché’s sponsorship fund click here

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