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Football club is ‘on the ball’ with donations

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Stuart Webber, Sporting Director at Norwich City FC Stuart Webber, Sporting Director at Norwich City FC

Breckland Council’s work to support vulnerable residents through the coronavirus pandemic has been boosted by a donation from Norwich City Football Club and Norwich City Community Sports Foundation.

There are more than 3,600 people in the district who the NHS consider to be ‘extremely vulnerable’ and the council is supporting them by making welfare calls and, where needed, distributing medicines and food parcels.

The club and its foundation recently boosted the local effort by donating 120 parcels to the council, containing essential non-perishable food items such as tinned goods and dried foods. The boxes also included hand sanitiser, toilet roll, sweet treats, a NCFC gift and a note from celebrity chef and Canaries shareholder Delia Smith.

The support is part of the club and foundation’s Canaries COVID-19 Community Support Project which has seen £200k donated by the football club’s players, staff and directors, to help the county respond to covid-19.

The initial delivery was dropped off to the council by Norwich City’s Sporting Director Stuart Webber, with further donations possible over the coming weeks. The boxes will be distributed by the council to Breckland residents who need emergency access to food, including people who have recently been discharged from hospital and those unable to shop for themselves.

Cllr Sam Chapman-Allen, Breckland Council’s Leader, commented: “The Canaries clearly know a lot about teamwork and we’re delighted to have received their generous donation. The support we’ve had from them, along with help from volunteers and other local businesses, has been like a twelfth man in helping us respond to the pandemic and keep local residents safe and well.”

Ian Thornton, Chief Executive Officer of the Community Sports Foundation, said: “This donation is part of the first phase of the Canaries COVID-19 Community Support Project, helping to tackle short-term issues, such as helping vulnerable people access essential items. As time progresses, the project plans to refocus on potential longer-term issues brought about by the crisis, such as inactivity, poor mental health, or a loss of employment.”

To find out more about the fund and make a donation, go to: www.communitysportsfoundation.org.uk/canaries-covid-19-community-project

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