Norwich City is delighted to highlight our fifth weekly Community Hero, showcasing the story of those special individuals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Graham Mackintosh, 56, has been nominated by his stepdaughter Sophie Cullens for his fantastic efforts of offering his assistance and lifting morale to those in need on his street in Norwich.
Once the news regarding the lockdown was announced, Graham dropped a letter to everyone on his street and around his area in Norwich to let people know that they can reach out if they require any help. Graham has since helped a dozen people by going shopping or picking up their prescriptions.
Norwich City fan, Graham said: “I felt it was nice to let people know that there is somebody there to help in emergencies. The lockdown has been very tough for many people and there are some people isolating by themselves, so it was important to let them know that they aren’t alone.”
Knowing it is a difficult time for many, Graham decided to make a daily quiz to keep morale high and to give people a chance to interact with others.
“It started off with it just being a bit of fun, but I think a lot of people are committed and is something they look forward too every night. The questions vary from serious to fun topics including general knowledge, movie quotes, kids tv characters and of course covering sport.
“Some of my friends have given me criticism of being Norwich City biased with my questions being a constant reminder of what league our closest rivals are in. The purpose of the quiz is just to bring people together, have a good chat and for those who have not got family close or who are alone to be part of a team,” said Graham.
“Every day, he spends around three hours putting the quiz together and has over 65 teams taking part every night. It has just provided so much entertainment for the evening, it’s something everyone looks forward too.
“There are so many people who are in this lockdown by themselves and everything is related to Covid-19 so he has provided people with the opportunity to speak and catch up with everyone which has been really important,” said Sophie.
“I do feel very humble to be considered for this recognition especially considering the difficult and courageous work so many other people are undertaking within the NHS and elsewhere in these difficult times,” added Graham.
For the upcoming period the club would like to highlight a special Community Hero each week, championing the story of those special individuals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty during these challenging times.
There are no restrictions as to who can nominate or be nominated. If there is anyone that you think deserves special recognition, whether the individual works in the emergency services, is a carer or charity champion - nominate someone by filling in the form today! - https://www.canaries.co.uk/Our-Club/Fans/community-heroes-week/