Norwich City writer Paddy Davitt launches first novel to raise foodbank funds
The EDP's chief Norwich City football writer Paddy Davitt has published his debut novel which he hopes will raise funds for those in Norfolk forced to turn to foodbanks.
Paddy, who joined Archant, publishers of the EDP in 2003, has penned the tale of ambitious young footballer, Dave Shaw, who dreams of playing for his hometown club before injury threatens to wreck his fledgling career.
His first e-book, One Shot at Glory, launched on the Amazon website this week with all the proceeds from the first in a series of novels going to the Trussell Trust, a national charity who sets up and runs foodbanks across Norfolk and the rest of the UK.
Paddy said he had been 'deeply moved' by stories of families forced to turn to charity for food aid.
'They really do a remarkable job and you can see how important foodbanks have become in recent years. Nearly a million people in this country used a foodbank over the last year and, particularly at Christmas time when there is so much emphasis on celebrating with family and friends and enjoying yourself, it really brings it home to you how many people struggle with something most of us take for granted.
'I just felt if there was anything I could do to raise awareness and funds for such an important cause then let's try to do it.'
Paddy, who moved from the Midlands to become a trainee sports reporter in the EDP's King's Lynn office, is a lifelong Coventry City fan who developed his passion for football and writing by reading fictional football tales in his youth.
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He has covered the fortunes of Norwich City for more than a decade and was named chief Norwich City football writer when the Canaries were promoted to the Premier League in 2011.
One Shot at Glory costs £2.06 and is available for download at amazon.co.uk.