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Community Hero: City v Bristol

22 February 2019

Norwich City Football Club is delighted to welcome David ‘Spud’ Thornhill as our Community Hero for our fixture against Bristol City.

Norwich City fan Spud is currently training for his second London Marathon which takes place in April. He has already ran 13 half marathons and completed triathlons, Tough Mudders and also his first London Marathon in 2017 in aid of Children with Cancer UK which he is continuing to raise money for this year. 

“The organisation is a charity close to my heart as my friend’s daughter Freya was diagnosed with kidney cancer aged seven," said Spud. "After which, 14 months of treatment followed consisting of three months of chemotherapy, three weeks of a radiotherapy and then twelve intensive chemotherapy treatments. 

"I raised nearly £6,000 and seeing Freya successfully beating cancer made it all worth it so my aim this year is to also raise as much money as possible to help more children like Freya survive the disease and spread awareness of the great work the charity does.

“Training for my first marathon was tough as I’m not the most natural runner but after all the training, I was able to enjoy the race and it was an amazing feeling when I crossed the finish line so I’m hoping for the same this year. It is something that I’ve always wanted to do and it’s a great feeling to say I’ve completed it and also raised money for a wonderful cause.

“I hit a wall last time but thinking of Freya and the many other children suffering from cancer, I know they are having tougher times than me so I just tried to do my best for them and think positively."

The Virgin Money London Marathon is the most popular marathon on the planet with a world record number of 414,168 people applying in the ballot for the 2019 race. It is an incredible 26.2 mile course which sees some of the world’s fastest elite athletes followed by tens of thousands of runners attempting personal bests and raising money for their chosen charities. 

Everyone at Norwich City Football Club would like to wish every City fan taking part in the race on April 28 the best of luck and would like to recognise that every one of you are Norwich City Community Heroes! 

Please give a big Carrow Road welcome to David Thornhill as he brings out the match ball ahead of our game against Bristol City.

If you would like to donate to Spud’s fundraising page, 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 HERE.

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