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City v Birmingham: Community Hero

7 September 2017

Norwich City are delighted to welcome Ed Kerry as our Community Hero for Saturday's Sky Bet Championship game against Birmingham City.

Ed, 34, has completed a challenge that saw him run and cycle over 1,000 miles for a charity that means a lot to both him and his family.

Last month, he ran the equivalent distance of two marathons a day for 22 days and has so far raised £27,289 for the Brain Tumour Charity.

In 2003, Ed suddenly lost his sister Tracey following her battle with a brain tumour at the age of just 34.

"Having done smaller fundraising events, I felt it was time for me to really make a difference, and hopefully prevent someone else from experiencing what my family did 14 years ago," he told canaries.co.uk.

"I wanted to make sure I did something that was truly epic. I sat for weeks plotting routes around the UK and came up with the Castle to Castle challenge and it luckily hit 1,050 miles."

Ed’s incredible challenge involved him running between castles in capital cities of the UK and Ireland which saw him start from the Tower of London and then past Edinburgh Castle, Belfast Castle, Dublin Castle and Cardiff Castle before returning back to the Tower of London.

However on day five, Ed ended up in A&E for eight hours after tearing three major muscles in his leg.

"The blood flow to my leg was restricted and I was forced to take 24 hours of rest," he explained.

"I had 22 overnight stops organised which were all donated to me for free - I couldn’t ask people to reschedule those so I was determined to complete the entire route."

After just a day of rest, Ed continued his challenge on his bike and then ran a marathon on the last day.

"My sister's two sons JJ and Zak joined me for bits which meant so much to me and gave me a boost to push on through lots of pain and mental black spots," Ed added.

"Having grown up in Norfolk and followed Norwich City for my whole life, it is a real honour to be a Community Hero.

"I have experienced first-hand what communities can do to support each other and I feel privileged to be part of the Norwich City community."

If you want to donate to Ed’s fundraising page, please visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/runcastletocastle

Please give a big Carrow Road welcome to Ed on Saturday as he brings out the match ball ahead of our game against Birmingham City!

At every Sky Bet Championship home match, Norwich City will invite a deserving community-minded individual or individuals to be their ‘Community Hero’ and place the matchball onto a special plinth prior to kick-off.

Whether they 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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