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Community Hero: City v Rotherham United

30 November 2018

Norwich City Football Club is delighted to welcome Sarah Harmer as our Community Hero for our Sky Bet Championship match against Rotherham United.

Throughout the season, we will be celebrating the vital role of the National Health Service to coincide with the 70th birthday of the NHS and will recognise and thank extraordinary NHS staff from the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for their everyday support and care to patients. 

The NNUH have celebrated the 70th anniversary by marking the special occasion with their own tea party and having over 300 members of staff taking part in a 5k parkrun to help raise awareness of the work the NHS does.

Sarah, 28, is a Midwifery Care Assistant on the postnatal ward at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, caring for women and their babies through stages of pregnancy, childbirth and the first few days of birth with everything from new-born feeding support and the upkeep of the ward. 

City fan Sarah always dreamt of working with children and new mothers and decided to take on an apprenticeship at the NNUH when the opportunity came along. After receiving her qualifications, Sarah was then offered a job and has now been working in her dream role for almost four years. 

“The NHS are brilliant and it’s been amazing to be part of the team," Sarah said. "It’s such a rewarding job and to be able to provide families with support and helping midwifes do their job is such a great feeling.

“Seeing the NHS come so far in celebrating its 70th birthday is remarkable and we want to spread the message of how important the work everyone does so people can receive the best care."

Sarah is a mum and step-mum to four children who are all Norwich City fans. One of Sarah’s son, Cameron, aged nine, loved playing football and had always been active with sports however, a year ago he was diagnosed with a rare illness called Perthes Disease. It sadly stopped him from playing football due to his now limited mobility.

Sarah added: “It has been a really tough year, so it is totally overwhelming to be nominated. I am so grateful and can’t wait to share the day with Cameron and my family, it will be a day that we will never forget." 

Chief Nurse, Nancy Fontaine, said: “Sarah goes above and beyond for her patients on every shift and is never too busy to make time for those who need it most, we’re thrilled to be able to welcome Sarah and her family to Carrow Road and are proud to be able to call her a real Community Hero.” 

Please give a big Carrow Road welcome this afternoon to Sarah as she brings out the match ball ahead of our game against Rotherham United.

The NNUH has 700 plus volunteers who help out in all areas of the hospital. If you have been thinking about volunteering and want to find out more about the roles that you can help make a difference in, call 01603 286060 or email volunteers@nnuh.nhs.uk

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 visit the Community Hero page on canaries.co.uk.


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