Norwich City Football Club are delighted to welcome Patricia Fuller as our Community Hero for Sunday's Sky Bet Championship fixture against Ipswich Town.
Tricia, 65, will be collecting her MBE later this year after being named in the Queen’s New Year Honours for her services to the Norwich community.
City season ticket holder Tricia is the HR director of the Norse Group and is the architect and lead for setting up the company’s corporate social responsibility programme.
The programme helps get disadvantaged people back to work, supporting the armed forces and encouraging volunteering.
She has been volunteering for over 20 years and is involved with Project Search and Norfolk ProHelp.
Norfolk ProHelp is a network of professional firms that support community organisations in need and Project Search is a national initiative which helps students with learning disabilities start their career.
"Project Search is an amazing project and most years, 70 per cent of the students get employment after a year with us," Tricia told canaries.co.uk.
"The change in these young people as they go through the year is unbelievable not just at work but in the way they improve their social life and health, we focus on what they can do rather than what they can’t do."
She was nominated as City's Community Hero by her colleague Jodie, who said: "I nominated Tricia because receiving an MBE is a lifetime accomplishment and this deserves celebrating.
"Visiting Buckingham Palace later this year will be a hugely exciting event for her, but I know that being nominated to be the club's Community Hero is a huge honour for such a big football fan like Tricia and she will be just as excited for this.
"Tricia has been the driving force behind so much good happening in the communities we serve, many of these initiatives involve staff and everyone is proud to see this being celebrated nationally.
"These initiatives have given employees the opportunity to get involved in things they care about and have confidence in because of Tricia’s dedication."
Please give a big Carrow Road welcome to Tricia on Sunday as she brings out the matchball 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org