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COMMUNITY HERO: BLACKBURN

9 March 2017

Quartet to bring out Saturday's matchball

NORWICH City will welcome Carl Keeble, Sean Cook, Andy Craze and Philip Dunn from Outside the Wire as our KarePlus Community Heroes for Saturday's match against Blackburn Rovers.  

Outside the Wire was launched in Norfolk in 2013, and provides a bespoke counselling service to current and ex-HM Forces personnel and their families. 

The service is sensitive to the complexities of military life and the often understandable resistance to admitting the extent of any personal issues, especially those relating to PTSD, alcohol and drug abuse, and mental health issues. 

Outside the Wire consists of highly trained and experienced workers, who are themselves ex-forces; therefore they have a particular understanding of the needs and issues faced by veterans, current serving personnel and their families. 

Carl Keeble, who has served all over the world with the Royal Anglian Regiment, has been working with the charity for two years and plays an active role helping others who suffer from PTSD and substance misuse. Carl is a lifelong Canaries fan and is “absolutely thrilled” to be attending the match this weekend.

Sean Cook, who served with the 26 Regiment Royal Artillery and now works as a Surgery Assistant at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, is a prime example of how Outside the Wire benefits local people within our community.

Since working with the organisation, Sean has been determined to improve his education and has recently gained his qualifications in English and Maths.

Sean will be attending Northampton University in September to study Occupational Health, something he never thought would be possible."

"Being a KarePlus Community Hero is a fantastic opportunity for the Outside the Wire team and for the service to get the exposure that it so richly deserves” explains the charity’s Andy Craze. 

"To be nominated by Norwich City Football Club is a great honour and privilege – not just to be chosen but to have the opportunity for those attending the match to hear about our achievements and services within Norfolk."

The trio are joined by Philip Dunn, an Outside the Wire recovery worker, with the organisation currently funded by The Royal British Legion, Norfolk Community Covenant and ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.

So please give a big Carrow Road welcome to Outside the Wire as Carl, Sean, Andy, and Philip bring out the matchball 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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