Norwich City Football Club is delighted to welcome Craig Manthorpe and Jade Nicholles as our Community Heroes for our Sky Bet Championship match against Brentford.
Craig Manthorpe, 29 and partner Jade Nicholles, 30, have raised more than £3000 for a charity close to their hearts. East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) provided vital support to the family after their daughter Tyler Lily Iris became ill and sadly passed away a day after she was born earlier this year on February 6.
“EACH provided us with valuable support when we lost Tyler,” says Craig. “They gave us the chance to create memories by arranging casts to be made of her hands and feet and for her to be placed on a cuddle cot which helped our family and friends spend time with her before she was taken away.
“They have been in constant contact, which has been brilliant, and offer monthly groups with other families that have experienced the same as us. The sessions help us talk and share memories about Tyler and is also a chance for our two other daughters, Riley and Taylor to share what they love about Tyler.
“The charity has been amazing to us so we wanted to raise as much money as possible to help buy another cuddle cot for the hospital.”
A cuddle cot is a cooling mattress which can be inserted into Moses baskets, carry cots and prams to allow bereaved parents more time with their baby.
The family decided to take park in the Tough Mudder obstacle course earlier this year alongside family and friends and raised over £3000 to help purchase a new cuddle cot for Quidenham hospice. Jade was planning to race but decided to wait at the finish line after finding out she was pregnant again.
“Hopefully we can raise double the amount of money for more cuddle cots next year to let other families know that they aren’t alone,” says Craig. “We want to try and spread as much awareness as possible because not many people hear about what EACH do.
“We are blessed to be expecting another girl in February and believe she is a special gift from Tyler, who we are never going to replace.”
To find out more about the work that EACH does, visit; www.each.org.uk
Please give a big Carrow Road welcome this afternoon to Craig and Jade as they bring out the match ball ahead of our game against Brentford.
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