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Community Hero: City v Barnsley

16 November 2017

Norwich City Football Club is delighted to welcome Mark and Alice Heffer as our Community Heroes against Barnsley. They will receive the award on behalf of the football reminiscence project, ‘Still on the Ball’.

Still on the Ball (SOTB) is a football reminiscence group set up and run by Age UK Norwich for fans with a recent diagnosis of dementia living in the community to come together. The group hold their monthly sessions at Norwich City, and they are run by trained volunteers to help others share their favourite memories of the sport.

Former Norwich City player, Robert ‘Bob’ Heffer was a member of SOTB and sadly passed away last month. Bob played for Norwich between1956-57 and made two first team appearances, scoring one goal. He also played 54 games for the reserve team, scoring 24 goals. After spells with Weymouth, Tonbridge and King’s Lynn, he spent 11 years between 1963-74 with Bury Town during the most successful period in the club’s history.

SOTB have asked Bob’s family to receive the Community Hero award on behalf of the group.

Mark, Bob’s son, explains: “Dementia can be very isolating but Dad was able to go along to SOTB and enjoy stories and laughter. He greatly enjoyed the sessions and as a family we were able to see the benefit of this brilliant community project.”

SOTB will be holding a bucket collection at the Canaries' Sky Bet Championship meeting with Barnsley to help raise funds to support people with dementia. If you would like to make a donation for the charity, look out for bucket collectors outside the stadium prior to kick-off.

For further information please contact

Please give a big Carrow Road welcome this afternoon to Mark and Alice as they bring out the match ball 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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