Phase one of Norwich City Football Club and Norwich City Community Sports Foundation’s Canaries COVID-19 Community Project is in full swing following its commencement last week.
As previously announced, Daniel Farke, the players, and senior staff at the Football Club have donated some of their salaries, while owners and directors have also contributed to the amount raised, which totals over £200k.
The sum is currently being used by the Foundation and volunteers from the Football Club’s staff to support some of the most vulnerable people and causes in Norfolk who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.
A second phase of the project will come later whereby the Foundation’s work will support people with the potential longer term impacts of the COVID-19 crisis such as poor mental health, the side effects of inactivity, and loss of employment or housing. The Foundation is now accepting donations towards the project on a dedicated Canaries COVID-19 webpage.
During this initial period, more than 950 packages of food parcels and activity packs have been delivered across Norfolk in coordination with local authorities and charities, reaching some of the most in need in the county.
Norwich City FC staff are also keeping in weekly contact with fans who are most vulnerable and potentially need support; volunteers from the Club and Foundation are in the process of delivering more food parcels and other essential items such as hygiene bags to those supporters who had requested help and assistance following the initial phone calls.
Age UK have asked for volunteers, and Norwich City FC staff are now among a number of people supporting call outs for those registered with Age UK.
On Tuesday, Norwich City defender Christoph Zimmermann delivered 25 activity packs to a charity that supports special educational needs (SEN) families with a further 22 packs delivered to Break Charity, who provide long lasting care and support for children and young people who need it.
Staff volunteers from across Norwich City’s finance, catering, academy and kit departments and more continue to help and aid the club’s wider community support.
Should they wish, supporters are also able to contribute to the Canaries COVID-19 Community Project. Donations can be make via the Community Sports Foundation by clicking here.