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Community Hero: City v Ipswich

8 February 2019

Norwich City Football Club is delighted to welcome Nicola Burman as our Community Hero for our Sky Bet Championship match against Ipswich Town.

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 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 park run to help raise awareness of the work the NHS does. 

Nicola, 35, is an Operating Department Practitioner in the hospital’s Day Procedure Unit which involves providing patients with care and assistance through their surgical process, from preparation, theatre and to recovery. Nicola has worked within the NHS for almost 15 years, resulting in a wealth of knowledge in her area.

"I am very lucky to be surrounded by a fantastic team - we all deliver the highest level of care each day and delivering smiles to new patients every day is an amazing feeling," she said.

"There is a lot of pressure for NHS staff and the team really helps to pull you through some hard days. I can’t thank everyone enough for nominating me, I’m so thankful and still in shock!”

Consultant Anaesthetist and Chief of Surgical Division, Tim Leary, added: “It’s wonderful to hear that Nicola has been nominated, she is a generous, hard-working and vital member of our team and thoroughly deserves the title of Community Hero.”

Outside of work, Nicola raises money in aid of Guide Dogs for the Blind since her five-year-old daughter Evelen was registered blind with partial vision in both eyes due to optic nerve atrophy. Nicola has organised quiz nights, race nights, sky dives, and half-marathons and is close to raising an incredible £13,000 for the charity. Nicola’s youngest daughter Hermione, aged three, has also undergone numerous surgeries and procedures since birth due to a non-functioning kidney, so is frequently in and out of hospital.

City fan Nicola, her twin sister Jo and close friend Richard Dade will be running the London Maraton in April this year to help raise more money for the guide dog charity. If you would like to donate to Nicola's fundraising page, click here

Please give a big Carrow Road welcome to Nicola as she brings out the match ball ahead of our game against Ipswich Town.

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 made a difference in, call 01603 286060 or email

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, click here to find out more. 

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