Charity baker invited to Carrow Road as Norwich City’s community hero after raising over £66,000
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The work of charity baker David Brown was celebrated by football fans at Carrow Road.
Mr Brown, of Burgh St Peter, has raised more than £66,000 for Help for Heroes with his late wife Pat, and was invited as the Community Hero for Norwich City FC's home game against Hull on Saturday.
And for the 74-year-old, it was the first football match he has ever attended.
He said: 'I really enjoyed the experience. I was very proud and honoured to do it.'
Mr Brown has been selling his homemade cakes and chutneys for the past eight years, with the couple inspired to start fundraising through their daughter Sally Williams, who has served in the army for more than 20 years.
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After being so moved by the soldiers they met, they decided to support the charity, holding regular stalls in Beccles town centre, as well as selling their goodies at fairs and hosting their own Armed Forces Day event at home.
As the Community Hero, Mr Brown was invited onto the pitch carrying the match ball and had photos taken in the ground. Information about his work for Help for Heroes was announced over the public address system, and further details of his fundraising efforts were included in the matchday programme and on the Canaries website.
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Mr Brown said: 'It made people more aware of Help for Heroes and what they do, and I would do anything to promote their work.
'And while I was standing there a lady tapped me on the shoulder and handed me £10 which she said her son had asked her to give to me as a donation.'
Mr Brown was also surprised by his daughter and her husband, who met him at the ground and took him out for dinner afterwards.
His next fundraising stall will be held in Exchange Square, Beccles, on Saturday, October 28, with his final stall of the year scheduled for December 16. His last fundraiser raised a further £780 for the cause, and Mr Brown will also be selling Christmas cakes this year. Anyone who would like to put in an order can call him on 01502 677225.
To nominate someone you know to be Norwich City's Community Hero, email email@example.com.