Over £2,900 was raised for Age UK Norwich thanks to the Club's prestigious eventFANS, players and the management team remembered 80 years of Carrow Road last week at its Pre-Season Dinner which celebrated the anniversary.
BBC Radio Norfolk's Chris Goreham hosted the evening, which looked back over 80 wonderful years. Supporters were also given the opportunity to meet the first team players and collect autographs as well as browse through memorabilia, setting the mood for a great evening of nostalgia.
First team manager Alex Neil added excitement with his positivity for the new Premier League season which gets underway against Crystal Palace on Saturday. Fans and players alike were honoured to hear from a variety of guests such as Bert Vincent - a fan who was at the first game played at Carrow Road 80 years ago - and the current club captain Russell Martin, who had very different but equally special memories of Carrow Road.
The evening closed with a charity auction and raffle, with Chris being helped out by Colin Tovell from the Ambassadors Club, who entertained the audience and helped raise an impressive £2,911.20 for Age UK Norwich's 'Still on the Ball' campaign. Susan Ringwood - who is the Chief Executive of the Charity - explained the details of the campaign, which is designed to help people living with dementia by reviving memories of their football experiences and sharing these memories with others.
Also present were Canary Legend Duncan Forbes' wife Janette and son Elliot, who have been involved with Age UK Norwich - a charity close to their hearts and one that seemed fitting for an event looking back at the past 80 years.
Helen Burgess, Fundraising and Community Relations Manager for Age UK Norwich, said: "We had a fabulous night; it was incredibly well-run, the food was delicious and the generosity was amazing. We will be sure to keep the club updated on the project and how the money is being used to help people living with dementia."
Norwich City Chief Executive David McNally said: "I really enjoyed the pre-season dinner and 80th anniversary of Carrow Road celebration. Having attended many events at Carrow Road over the years, all are of a particularly high standard but this was certainly one of the best. As always, the food was top-class and the video to celebrate 80 years at our historic home, along with the interview with Bert Vincent, were both moving and inspirational."
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