Leeds man goes around world to meet long lost dad

Thousands of miles away is a family that Andrew Vardy never even knew existed.

But after trawling through dozens of Facebook profiles Andrew managed to track down his long-lost father.

He was only a baby when his dad, Alan Sherd, left the family home in Leeds and embarked on a new life in Australia.

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But after a 25 year wait, Andrew is set to jet Down Under to meet his father properly for the very first time.

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Andrew, who now lives in Wakefield, said: "I didn't know who my dad was at all.

"I felt like there was a missing link and didn't have a father figure until I was about 10 when my step-father came along.

"When I found out what my dad's name was from my mum I decided to search for him on Facebook.

"I found someone who looked like me so I decided to send him a message asking him if he used to live in Armley.

"It took months for him to reply but when he did it was just amazing.

"I can't explain how it felt to be honest.

"I didn't expect him to reply.

"You get a huge fear of rejection and that's why it was such a hard thing to do."

During an exchange of messages Andrew even found out that he has two young step-brothers in Australia, called Wesley, 13, and Bailey, 14.

Now Andrew can't wait to meet his new family in Sydney for two weeks.

He will be jetting out on February 6 with his auntie who he also never even knew existed until now.

After meeting up with his auntie, Andrew received a message from his mobile phone operator informing him about the chance to win a trip to go anywhere he wanted in the whole world.

So he decided to let fate run its course and enter the competition, which was run by T Mobile in conjunction with British Airways.

To his surprise he won tickets for the journey after telling the judges about his heart-wrenching search for his father.

Andrew added: "I think I'm going to find out a lot about who I am so this is massive.

"My dad said he had always been looking for me but he never knew how or where to find me.

"It's just amazing because without my ticket it would have taken me a long time to get the money together to go and meet them."

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