Football fans reach their goal of giving a huge boost to charities

Thousands of pounds have been raised for Alzheimer's Society from charity matches at Carrow Road org

Thousands of pounds have been raised for Alzheimer's Society from charity matches at Carrow Road organised by Steve Plunkett who presented the money too Jenna Veneziani, Alzheimer's Society community fundraiser.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

Football enthusiasts have scored for charity by raising more than £20,000 for a series of good causes.

Steve Plunkett, 54, from East Bilney, near Dereham, has brought together friends to hold matches at Norwich City's Carrow Road ground and also one at Molineux in Wolverhampton.

The latest game in May collected just over £6000 for the Alzheimer's Society – and has taken the overall total for charities past the £20,000 mark. 'The latest game was in support of Alzheimer's Society in memory of our aunt, Amy Greavner, and it's a charity and illness that affects a lot of people,' said Mr Plunkett.

'Losing Amy was a tough time, and it was incredibly sad to see someone who was so lovely, full of life and outgoing to morph into someone unrecognisable over the course of five years.

'It was terrible to see the things that she had to go through in dealing with her illness.'

Other games have supported Little Daisy Mae and Bliss, the Ethan Rees Linwood Memorial Fund, Priscilla Bacon Lodge, the Craig Bellamy Foundation and The People's Tree.

The first charity match took place back in 2014 and Mr Plunkett said: 'The idea for our charity matches came about as I had played in quite a few at Carrow Road before, but I wanted to play with friends rather than just strangers.

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'There's a really good age range from 18 to 59, and the games are all balanced.'

Jenna Veneziani, community fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Society, said: 'It's a huge, huge boost for us. This will go towards funding our dementia cafés around the county and helping our support workers continue what they do so well.'

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