Scores of cyclists raised more than £1,500 for charity this morning (Sunday) after completing a ride inspired by a Suffolk man left paralysed after an accident.

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More than 50 riders took part in aid of Wheelpower, which supplies wheelchairs for disabled people, as part of a nationwide initiative by rotary clubs in East Anglia.

The event was also a tribute to Eye resident Peter Seaman, a member of Diss Cycle Club, was left unable to move from the neck down after being knocked off his bike by a deer last year.

Organiser Richard Pither, of Diss and District Rotary Club, who was a cyclist with Mr Seaman, said all rotary clubs in the region were raising money for the charity, and that Mr Seaman had been happy to lend his name to the event.

“Everybody thoroughly enjoyed it,” he said. “We were offering 10, 15 or 20 miles which was meant to attract people who might have a bike but not know what to do with it.”

All routes began at Diss Youth and Community Centre on Shelfanger Road, with the full 20 miles taking cyclists via Burston and Gissing before a refreshment stop in Shelfanger, and on to Fersfield and Bressingham before arriving back in Diss.

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