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COMMUNITY HERO: IPSWICH

23 February 2017

Alfie Oswick to bring out Sunday's match ball

CITY will be delighted to welcome Alfie Oswick as KarePlus Community Hero for Sunday's East Anglian derby against Ipswich Town at Carrow Road.

Alfie, 8, is on a journey to reach his dream of raising a billion pounds for a charity close to his heart. 

He has launched Alfie’s Awesome Appeal to help raise money for Dereham Cancer Care after losing both his great-grandmother and great-grandad to cancer. When he was four years old, Alfie’s mum Jennifer was diagnosed with skin cancer, and she has been in remission for the last four years.

Alfie created his own YouTube channel to upload videos of toy reviews and asks people to send in challenges so he can receive donations after he has completed them.

"I have always wanted to do videos and have my own channel so I thought I would do it to raise money and that’s where the idea for Alfie’s Awesome Appeal came from," Alfie says. "My channel is called awesome kids playz."

At the end of December 2016, Alfie started his fundraising page and has so far raised over £1600. "I am really happy to have raised so much money, it has been lots of fun so far and I can’t wait to do more this year.

"I want to raise as much money as possible to help other people who have cancer and one day I want to become a scientist and find the cure for cancer. I don’t want anyone else to be poorly or suffer."

"Dereham Cancer Care really is a special place and Janet [pictured] makes everyone feel so welcome," says Jennifer. "They deserve every penny we raise!"

Alongside Alfie’s fundraising page, they will also hold a pamper evening on Wednesday 5th April at Whitwell and Reepham station as well as sponsored obstacle races with friends and family later on in the year to raise money. If you wish to donate to help Alfie’s awesome appeal visit: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/alfiesawesomeappeal.

So please give a big Carrow Road welcome to Alfie as he brings out the match ball ahead of kick-off.

At every Sky Bet Championship home match, the Canaries will invite a deserving community-minded individual or individuals to be their KarePlus Community Hero and place the matchball on 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 communityhero@canaries.co.uk.

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