A HOMELESS father has cycled double the length of the UK in 40 days raising over £700 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
James Hopson, 44, cycled the 1,770 miles by starting in Wrexham and riding without a support car to John O’Groats.
He then cycled all the way down to Lands End before returning to his hometown.
He did the cycling marathon in memory of his son Dewi, who died at just six-weeks-old in 2010 because of complications relating to cystic fibrosis.
But he also rode for his other son, six-year-old Dylan, who also has cystic fibrosis and is helped by the charity.
Mr Hopson, who resides at Ty Nos night shelter on Holt Road, said: “Raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust is something I’ve wanted to do ever since I lost my son.
“I’ll do anything for the charity. Kids don’t ask for the condition but it happens unfortunately.
“The experience was amazing. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done.
“The man at the Land’s End post said I was the only rider he had seen this year do the length of the Britain twice.”
Apart from a brief stop back in Wrexham, Mr Hopson slept every night in a tent, which wasn’t unusual for him, being homeless.
On the last day Mr Hopson said he was struggling for energy for the final 30 miles from Shrewsbury to Wrexham, but ate blackberries from the hedgerows on the way back for sugar and energy.
“When I cam back into Wrexham the ambulances were waiting for me and watching me to make sure I was ok, But I powered past them and they were all tooting and congratulating me,” he said.
Mr Hopson had hoped to raise £7,000 for the charity which supports children with cystic fibrosis. He’s planning to release a book, calendars and jigsaw puzzles to raise more money.
He also plans to ride the coast and borders of Wales next year and the whole coast of Britain in the next two years to help raise more money.
Mr Hopson thanked the support he got from the Salvation Army, where he volunteers on a daily basis, and Wrexham Major Ian McCredie for providing directions as he headed up and down the country.
If you would still like to donate to the cause then you can do at www.justgiving.com/james-hopson.