Bosses at the Hamlet Centre received a massive congratulations over the weekend when Norwich City played against Leeds United, bearing their logo.
The Norwich-based Hamlet Centre, which provides support for around 1,000 families across Norfolk, won the unique prize in the EDP-backed Aviva Community Chest competition.
Michael Rooney, who is the Chief Executive of the charity said: “It’s been terrific for the profile of the charity and we’ve had a fantastic couple of weeks in partnership with Aviva and the football club who have both been absolutely fantastic.
We’ve been able to involve so many of our children and students – people have gone up to the Colney training ground, lots of people were at the game. We’ve involved families, staff, volunteers, supporters and fundraisers so it was a very special day in the Hamlet Centre’s history.”
EDP readers nominated 130 charities for the Community Chest competition, which was then squeezed down to a short-list of five and put to the final vote.
Almost 10,000 votes (a record for the competition) were cast by the EDP readers and Aviva staff and a staggering 5,495 of those were for the Hamlet Centre.
The charity was also given the use of the Aviva executive box during the game and had the opportunity to place charity collectors around the ground before the match which saw Carrow Road’s biggest crowd of the season so far with 26,300 in the ground which is a huge achievement in my opinion.
Now if only we can get that sort of crowd every Norwich City match, we’ll be laughing! In true Delia Smith’s style: “Let’s be ‘avin you!”
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