Meet Liam – the Happisburgh Hero!

Just Regional
May 26, 2020 2 mins read

Liam Kelly is putting his daily exercise to good use – helping the people who helped him get better when he was born with a lung infection.

The nine-year-old, who lives in Happisburgh, decided to set himself a challenge to help the NHS and will be theoretically cycling around the perimeter of Norfolk – 181 miles.

His mum, Sharon, said: “He wanted to do a bake sale but thought that would not work because of the lockdown, so he thought he would try and come up with something different he could do using his daily exercise time… We felt four miles a day would be a reasonable distance and therefore it would take 45 days.”

So far Liam has completed 151 miles of his challenge and has raised £1,500, smashing his initial £500 target.

Setting off on part of the ride.

The challenge is particularly personal to the family – when Liam was born he had breathing issues due to a lung infection and his dad was in the army and suffers from post traumatic stress disorder, for which he had to go to hospital.

“Liam wanted to thank the NHS because without the nurses, doctors and medicines he feels his life would be very different today,” said Sharon.

Over the days he has gained a large fan base who turn out to cheer him on. “The Coastguard even give him the sirens when they pass us,” she added.

Stalham and Smallburgh First Responders have also joined the cause to help him on his way.

Time to take a short breather on the way round.

And this is not the first time Liam has done things to help others, from donating a bag of his toys to help flood victims in Cumbria, to completing charity runs, handing out bedding to the homeless and completing a 10 mile sponsored bike ride to raise funds for Norfolk Lowland Search and Rescue.

Sharon said: “The villagers have renamed him Happisburgh Hero, he’s brought a lot of joy at a very bleak time for many.” 

To donate to his efforts, click here.

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