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12 September 2016

Keith Griffin to be tomorrow's Community Hero

NORWICH City will be delighted to welcome Tuesday's Community Hero Keith Griffin, who was chosen from more than 3,500 candidates as UK Volunteer Coastguard of the Year.

Keith first saw an advert looking for Coastguard Rescue Officers in his local parish magazine when he moved to Happisburgh, Norfolk. Since then he has gone on to serve as an HM Coastguard for 16 years. 

“I’ve always liked the beach and the sea and I also enjoy helping people so it’s great to give something back to the community,” he says. “I was shocked when I found out that I was the UK Volunteer Coastguard of the Year as I never expected anything at all.”

Keith and his team help save many lives by adapting to different situations on the Norfolk coast to figure out the best way of completing each rescue. “My Coastguard team are just brilliant, I couldn’t ask for a better bunch of lads. It’s like having an extended family.

“To be asked by NCFC to be a Community Hero is an honour and it means a lot to me and my team as Coastguards do not get much recognition for the work and time we all put in.”

The Happisburgh and Mundesley Coastguards are looking for more people to join their team, and Keith added: “It’s a great opportunity to learn new skills and new challenges and you get to help people in trouble or in distress as you remove them from a point of danger to a place of safety.”

For more information you can visit the HM Coastguard Happisburgh and Mundesley Facebook page

Keith will be joined by two of his colleagues, Duncan Moore and Pete Revell, who will place the match ball on the plinth ahead of kick off.

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 match ball 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

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