Husband and wife's charity work recognised this weekendNORWICH City are delighted to introduce Saturday’s Kare Plus Community Heroes Colin and Joyce Bell, who have worked tirelessly to raise the profiles of multiple charities, primarily to increase awareness of the symptoms of brain tumours following the tragic loss of their daughter Jennifer.
Joyce has been her husband’s principal carer for the past ten years since Colin suffered a major stroke at the age of 52 in October 2005. This left him disabled with right-sided hemiplegia and Aphasia which meant he was no longer able to work. To this day, his hard work in speech and communication recovery continues.
The following year, Colin and Joyce suffered the sudden and devastating loss of their 22-year old daughter Jennifer due to an undiagnosed brain tumour.
Since then Colin and Joyce have spread awareness of the symptoms of brain tumours to help others achieve an earlier diagnosis. Each year in the UK around 16,000 people are diagnosed with a primary brain tumour.
Colin and Joyce’s key message is to further get across symptom awareness and effective communication to the general public by supporting a campaign called HeadSmart.
HeadSmart is a credit-card sized guide that lists the common signs and symptoms of brain tumours in children and young people across three age ranges. The challenge of the campaign is to engage people’s attention when they have not been personally affected or think that it won’t happen to them.
In Joyce’s own words: "We feel very honoured to have been invited to be Community Hero for the game against Cardiff City.
"One of Colin and Jennifer’s most memorable days was travelling to Cardiff in May 2002 for the Play-off Final against Birmingham City.
"Our most sincere thanks to Norwich City for providing us with this fantastic opportunity to promote awareness of brain tumours and the HeadSmart campaign. Here’s hoping for a win for Jennifer and all those affected in our community by brain tumours – OTBC!"
Please give our guests a warm Carrow Road welcome as they bring out the matchball ahead of kick-off. For more details about the symptoms of brain tumours please visit HeadSmart’s website.
At every Sky Bet Championship home match, Norwich City will invite a deserving community-minded individual(s) to be their ‘Community Hero’ and place the matchball on to a special plinth prior to kick off.
Whether the individual works in the emergency services or the armed forces, is a carer or charity champion, a super fan or a regional sporting hero, the initiative celebrates their contribution to the local community.
If there is anyone you think deserves special recognition for their community efforts or personal achievements, please contact the Club via firstname.lastname@example.org.