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City v Boro: Community Hero

1 February 2018

Norwich City Football Club are delighted to welcome Chloe Smithson as our Community Hero for Saturday's Sky Bet Championship match against Middlesbrough.

The 23-year-old has been nominated by friends and family for her fundraising achievements and her outstanding support for the Canaries.

Chloe, from Kessingland, has been a fan ever since she can remember and has been watching the matches at Carrow Road since a young age.

In February 2017 she was diagnosed with a glioblastoma grade 4 brain tumour and has since been raising money for the Big C appeal which helps thousands of people every year affected by cancer.

Over £25million has been raised since The Big C Appeal began in 1980 and the money raised goes towards surgical and diagnostic equipment at Norfolk’s hospitals meaning more people can be treated locally, with faster or less invasive treatments.

"The Big C have supported the family by lending a knowing ear, giving advice on financial matters or welcome cups of tea after appointments", Chloe's mother Karelyn told canaries.co.uk.

"They gave treats like a make up day to help with drawing on eyebrows lost through chemo and a wig-fitting session, not to mention relaxing massages. The Big C also supports cancer research, which is so important."

Chloe has raised over £470 by organising an evening of Christmas carols and entertainment for the Big C appeal and has also been a member of the Kessingland Community Players - an Amateur Dramatic company.

With help from Chloe and all the members, the Kessingland Community Players have raised a great amount of money for many local charities.

"Thank you to all the lovely people who nominated Chloe and helped her to achieve one of her bucket list items," Karelyn added.

"It's a thrill for the whole family. We're all very happy and would like a big shout out to the people who sit near Chloe in area L row F in the South Stand."

"It means so much to me that I have been nominated by so many people and that I have been given this chance to be a part of the matchday team," added Chloe.

“Thank you everyone who has nominated me for this honour. It has been a lifelong dream and everyone who has nominated me has played a huge part in helping me achieve that dream. Thank you all for giving me the strength and determination to carry on."

Please give a big Carrow Road welcome to Chloe on Saturday as she brings out the matchball ahead of our game against Middlesbrough.

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 matchball 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 communityhero@canaries.co.uk


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