NORWICH City will welcome 12-year-old Sheniz Coe as their Community Hero for the game against Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday, February 2 (7:45pm), with the youngster bringing the matchball out alongside her close friend Ella Kett.
Despite her age, Sheniz has already raised thousands of pounds for charity and given up her time to help homeless people in Norfolk.
Ella, who was born with the rare Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS), has been the inspiration behind Sheniz’s charity work, and recently helped her to organise a Christmas fete to benefit the CdLS Foundation.
CdLS affects many parts of the body, and its features include slow growth before and after birth, abnormalities of bones in the arms, hands and fingers, as well as learning disabilities.
Sheniz spoke of her desire to help the CdLS Foundation and her friend: "I’ve known Ella since I was a baby and it meant so much to help this charity as seeing her in and out of hospital makes me really sad."
Sheniz’s other chosen charity is the Rainbow Child Foundation, for whom she has raised over £2,500.
The Foundation helps over 25,000 underprivileged children a year around the world with play pumps, sanitation, farm seed banks, and HIV awareness programmes.
Her fundraising activities have included a sponsored walk through London, a sponsored bike ride, and several family fun days.
As if fundraising wasn’t enough, Sheniz has helped a local charity cook meals for the homeless, and visited elderly people in their sheltered accommodation to bring them Christmas presents.
Reflecting on her charity work, Sheniz added: "I have four aims in life: to raise lots more money for charity, to spread the word and awareness of the Rainbow Child Foundation, to inspire other young people to do more for charity, and to make others smile by spreading love and help."
Norwich City Football Club welcomes Sheniz and Ella, and hope they enjoy their evening at the game.