Norwich City Football Club are delighted to welcome Sophie Baker as our Community Hero for Good Friday's Sky Bet Championship match at home to Fulham (3pm) after she raised £8,200 in one year for charities close to her heart.
The 35-year-old, who lives in Ringland and has a season ticket in the lower Barclay has raised money for causes which have a personal connection to her and her family, including Nelson’s Journey, the British Heart Foundation and ABTA Lifeline – a benevolent fund for travel agents.
"My friend’s mum, who had suffered from a brain aneurism, organised a charity walk covering the 67-mile route the air ambulance took her to hospital from Norwich to Cambridge," Sophie told canaries.co.uk.
"That’s what really started it off for me. I took part in the walk and then started organising other challenges and have been raising money ever since."
In October, Sophie organised a charity ball at Norwich City Football Club, featuring entertainment from friend and X-Factor contestant Bill Downs which added £6,200 to her total.
Sophie has also taken part in an endurance event called the Tough Mudder which participants attempt 10-12 mile-long obstacle courses that test mental as well as physical strength.
"I am so thrilled that I completed each and every obstacle in the race. Not without the help of my boyfriend, who helped me overcome some that I may have ducked out had he not been there.
"What I love about Tough Mudder is that it’s all about being in a team and you aren't timed. It’s just all about getting round and overcoming the obstacles together."
Sophie is also taking part in The 3 Peaks Challenge later this year where she will trek over 25 miles of rough and rocky terrain, while battling unpredictable weather conditions to reach the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales.
"One of my closest friends has recently been going through treatment for breast cancer so I will also be taking on the challenge of cycling from London to Paris with my friend’s sister and another friend to raise funds for three invaluable female cancer charities: Breast Cancer Care, Ovarian Cancer Action and Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust," she added.
"I'm really honoured to be Norwich City’s Community Hero. I also feel proud that I have been recognised for what I've achieved and also so excited to be on the pitch to place the matchball."
If you wish to support Sophie’s cycling challenge, you can donate at - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sophie-baker20
Please give a big Carrow Road to Sophie on Friday as she brings out the matc ball ahead of our game against Fulham.
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 onto 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 visit the Community Hero page on canaries.co.uk.