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24 January 2015

Learn about our latest Community Hero, Matt Parkhouse

THIS Saturday will see Norwich City welcome charity champion Matt Parkhouse as their Community Hero.

Matt has raised thousands of pounds for good causes such as the Sporting Light Appeal by organising a number of fundraising events.

To date, Matt has cycled 500 miles from Koblenz, Germany, to Norwich, completed the Hethersett 30/60 Bike Ride and even walked across hot coals for the charity!

He has taken part in two of the Community Sports Foundation’s Coastal Challenge Walks, which involve walking 47 miles of the Norfolk coast within 24 hours and has also taken to the ring as part of a boxing event.

Matt is typically the first to give up his time for the charity to help whenever and wherever he can, and has volunteered for ground collections at the Lowestoft Air Show, Royal Norfolk Show, and Jamie’s Game.

This year Matt will be taking on the Coastal Challenge for a third time, and a week prior to this will take a team of 24 fundraisers across three countries as part of this year’s 3 – Peaks Challenge.

Matt is continually spreading the word of the charity and decided to support us further when he and a friend set up their own ‘Cycle Swarm’ event in May 2013, with his third such event taking place in Norwich and starting from Carrow Road on Monday, May 4.

As well as helping the Community Sports Foundation, Matt walked Hadrian’s Wall in 2014 for Cystic Fibrosis in addition to cycling 420 miles from Glasgow to Norwich for Children in Need.

On behalf of the Sporting Light Appeal we’d like to thank Matt for all his efforts and hope he has an enjoyable day with us as he brings out the matchball ahead of kick-off at the Brentford match.

For further information on how you can help the Sporting Light Appeal and, like Matt, take part in a variety of events, please visit their website HERE.

Do you know a Norwich City Community Hero? If there is anyone you think deserves recognition for their community efforts or a personal achievement please contact the Club via
Throughout the season the Club is celebrating the good work local people do in their community; whether that’s in the emergency services or armed forces (past and present), as carers or charity champions, or by being super fans or the region's sporting heroes - we’ll be celebrating it.

Ahead of every home match, Norwich City will invite a deserving community-minded individual to be a ‘Community Hero’ and place the matchball onto a special plinth ready for the referee to collect as he leads the players out of the tunnel for the game.

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