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Community Hero: City v Villa

22 October 2018

Norwich City Football Club is delighted to welcome representatives from NARS (Norfolk Accident Rescue Service) as our Community Heroes for our Sky Bet Championship match against Aston Villa.

Chris Neil, David Reed and Peter Kelly are just three of 35 volunteers that provide expert medical care in life threatening emergencies across Norfolk.

Each NARS members are volunteers and offer their services free of charge in their spare time and are each equipped with a response bag, defibrillator and monitoring equipment which is designed to help them cope with the most challenging of medical situations.

“To be part of a great team of likeminded people dedicated to providing critical care to those who need it most is why I volunteer. My day job is a Roads Policing Officer for Norfolk Police as an advanced response driver, helping doctors and critical care paramedics to arrive at a scene quickly. I often cover the same jobs with NARS and arrive at the scenes of serious collisions, making sure the patients are given expert care to survive,” says David Reed.

Chris was elected as NARS Chairman in 2015 and is involved in fundraising, running its day-to-day operation and responds to emergencies from home, saving countless lives to provide critical-care across the region. “It’s great to give something back to the community and also to set an example to my kids. We do need more volunteers, particularly first responders to help us achieve our aim to save lives and provide an additional level of care for patients prior to their admission to hospital,” says Chris Neil. 

NARS will consider doctors and paramedics who have completed their speciality training and will then provide extra training and courses to successful candidates, if you wish to volunteer, contact

"For me, it is about being part of the community and giving something positive back. We respond to multiple types of incidents from road traffic collisions, cardiac arrests, falls from height and anything serious and we are currently trying to raise money for a new ultrasound machine, which will enable us to identify internal bleeding in the abdomen," adds Peter Kelly. 

The charity is funded solely by donations as they receive no government or health service funding so every donation is vital. For more information about NARS and how you can make a donation, visit

Please give a big Carrow Road welcome this evening to Chris, David and Peter as they bring out the match ball ahead of our game against Aston Villa.

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

 Photo courtesy of Steve Adams, EDP Norfolk Magazine 

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