Ambassador Danny Franks is tackling 80 miles and 5,000 feet this weekend to raise money for Forever Manchester.

Danny has set himself a challenge to travel around the perimeter of Greater Manchester, starting in Prestwich and going through Sockport, Mottram, Stalybridge and Uppermill along the way.

Although it’s a tough challenge, Danny says: “I wanted to do it [the bike ride] as I’m committed to my Ambassadorial role with Forever Manchester. I want to raise money for this great charity and I get some lovely views along the way too.”

Unlike the Manchester to Blackpool bike ride, Danny will reach heights, such as Werneth Low where he will be able to look back and see just how far he has gone on his bike ride.

In training he has been cycling parts of the route and says the bits he is dreading the most are the upward struggles faced along the perimeter of Greater Manchester.

Danny will be joined by his son on the route, but welcomes people to join him along the way. On Sunday 19th July he will start at St Mary’s Park in Prestwich at 7am. He will then pass Stockport Town Hall at approximately 8am, reaching Uppermill at approximately 10am, where he will have ridden 25 miles. Danny and his son will also be heading through Bury around 12pm, so if you see them along the way, be sure to give them some words of encouragement!

Danny’s target is £800 and he is very close to exceeding this amount. If you donate just £8 you will be sponsoring £1 for every ten miles he rides.

All the monies raised by Danny will be reinvested into communities across Greater Manchester, helping local people doing extraordinary things together.

This idea first came about when the Tour de France headed through Yorkshire last year, and Danny decided to do his own ‘Tour de Manc’ he hopes to have more people joining him along the way next year, but this year we ask if you can SPONSOR DANNY HERE

Forever Manchester would like to thank Danny for taking on such a tough challenge. Every penny raised will help us to make a real difference in the local communities of Greater Manchester.

Good luck Danny!