Norwich City Football Club is delighted to welcome Emma Bishop as our Community Hero for our Sky Bet Championship match against Wigan Athletic.
Emma, 39, recently took part in the Richmond Half Marathon to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital after the children’s hospital saved her son’s life 15 years ago.
“I noticed something was wrong a few weeks after Josh was born and was told everything was fine but I insisted Josh was seen by more doctors. Things then changed very quickly and before we knew it, we were being rushed to the heart and cardiac ward for further tests,” says Emma.
A few hours later, Emma was told that her son Josh had a narrowing of the main artery in his heart and needed urgent surgery which doctors at GOSH successfully performed.
“Josh is now 15 years old and not a day goes by that I am not thankful that he is here with us today. I want everyone at GOSH to know that I’m so thankful of the support and care they gave me at the most terrifying time in my life and I just want to show my appreciation for everything they have done for my family as without them, Josh wouldn’t be here today.”
Emma has also been nominated by GOSH as fundraiser of the month after raising over £5000 by taking part in the half marathon earlier this month and raising money through bake sales, raffles and completing a 10,000ft sky dive, helping the hospital purchase special equipment for their cardiac ward.
“Only two weeks before the race, I was advised not to run as I burst a blood vessel in my leg and had tissue damage but I was so determined to finish the race for my family, friends and strangers who had donated their money for my run. I wouldn’t have been able to finish the race without my children, Josh, Jade and James and my partner Paul and his mum, Anne who have supported me since the beginning so I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone.”
If you would like to donate and read more about Emma’s story, click HERE.
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