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Norwich City’s Russell Martin supports football fundraiser in Bowthorpe

16:16 23 June 2012

Kirsty Wiseman, from Thorpe St Andrew, who has Crohns disease, kicks off the charity football tournament she organised at Cloverhill to raise funds for the National Association for Colitis and Crohns Disease.
Photo by Simon Finlay

Kirsty Wiseman, from Thorpe St Andrew, who has Crohns disease, kicks off the charity football tournament she organised at Cloverhill to raise funds for the National Association for Colitis and Crohns Disease. Photo by Simon Finlay

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A Norwich City star gave his support to a football fundraiser as thousands of pounds were raised for charity.

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Kirsty Wiseman was inspired to organise today’s (Saturday) five-a-side football tournament after discovering Canaries defender Russell Martin’s battle with colitis.

The 24-year-old from Thorpe St Andrew, who has Crohn’s disease, held the event in aid of the National Association for Colitis and Crohn’s Disease (NACC).

It saw 20 teams take part and saw Mr Martin himself attend on the day with his dad, son, brother and friends.

The total fundraising figure is not yet known but it is believed about £3,000 was raised.

Miss Wiseman said: “It’s been absolutely brilliant and I’m absolutely thrilled with how it has gone. Everything has gone perfectly, it’s been absolutely brilliant.”

The event was held at the Football Development Centre in Bowthorpe and saw teams made up of Miss Wiseman’s friends and family members.

A charity auction was also held which saw items including a signed Norwich City shirt and football, a pair of football boots signed by Russell Martin, beauty treatments, paintballing days and hotel stays go under the hammer.

More than £1,800 was raised from the auction alone.

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