Most charity cycle rides you read about are tours around Norfolk, some reach France, while others take to exotic corners of the globe.

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But one Taverham man decided to stay a little closer to home by cycling 256 miles in his front room to raise funds for a family friend’s young son who has cerebral palsy and hydrocephalus, a buildup of fluid which needs to be drained from the brain to the stomach.

Off-shore worker Adam Corlett, 45, cycled for 12 hours straight and raised more than £1,000 for James Burrows, nine, who is in a wheelchair, and needs a frame to walk.

The Taverham Junior School pupil needs more physiotherapy treatment after his operation in August, and Mr Corlett, from Bell Close in the village, said he thought long and hard about what he could do to help.

He said: “I thought ‘what can I do’, and I am really into cycling and thought I could help out like that”.

After 12 hours of pedalling on a static bike, completing the equivalent distance in miles from Taverham to Newcastle, Mr Corlett said he felt “quite emotional” about what he had achieved, and the difference it would make to James’s life.

He said: “I had so many people cheering me on in the house, and people were saying what I was doing was amazing.”

The money needed for James’s extra physiotherapy is to fund private treatment to enhance the care he already gets from the NHS.

His mum, Trish Burrows, praised the work the NHS does for her son, describing it as “hugely supportive”.

But, on going private for extra care, she added: “It’s something we choose to do, something extra to make him a little stronger.

“It’s subtle. We will do what ever we can to help James to aid his recovery and to make him stronger, and, hopefully, in the long run, to help him walk.”

She added: “And for Adam to do 12 hours is incredible, we really want to thank him.”

Are you raising money for worthwhile cause? Contact reporter Rosa McMahon on 01603 772495 or email rosa.mcmahon@archant.co.uk.

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