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Community Hero: Birmingham City

17 January 2019

Norwich City Football Club is delighted to welcome Sarah Diaper as our Community Hero for our Sky Bet Championship match against Birmingham City.

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 University Hospital for their everyday support and care to patients. 

The NNUH have celebrated the 70th anniversary by marking the special occasion with launching their own tea party and having over 300 members of staff taking part in a 5k parkrun to help raise awareness of the work the NHS does. 

Sarah, 49, is one of over 400 staff in the hospital’s Radiology department which undertakes more than 400,000 examinations per year; conducting CT scans, MRI scans, ultrasounds, breast imaging and a host of other procedures.

Sarah is an assistant within the Radiology department and predominantly works with ultrasound examinations and CT scans, meaning the nature of her job is assisting patients and clinical staff on a daily basis, looking after patients before examinations and helping them through the process step by step.

“I love the way the smallest of actions can make the biggest difference to some people’s lives. Everyone who works within the NHS is so committed to help the public in any way possible and it is a lovely institution to work for. Patients often remark on how kind and caring the staff are and I feel truly privileged to be a part of it and to celebrate the incredible milestone of the NHS 70th birthday,” says Sarah.

Sarah is accompanied by husband Tom, daughter Emma and son James. The whole family are lifelong City fans and are all excited to be cheering on the Canaries today.

Head of Clinical Support Services and Consultant Radiologist,  Dr Richard Goodwin, said; “Sarah is a bright, enthusiastic and extremely valued member of the Radiology team, she goes above and beyond on every shift. It’s fantastic that she’s been nominated as a Community Hero and is a brilliant representative for NNUH.”

Please give a big Carrow Road welcome this evening to Sarah as she brings out the match ball ahead of our game against Birmingham City.

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, contact; 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, please visit the Community Hero page on

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