FOOTBALL legends from East Anglia will be battling it out as Dereham FC take on the mighty players from Norwich City Legends to raise funds for Cerebral Palsy sufferer, Izzie Eve.
Charity football match
On Sunday 20 July, players from both teams will take part in the match at Dereham Town Football Club, Alidss Park, Norwich Road, to help Izzie’s parents raise the much needed £10,000 for a hi-tech wheelchair for five year-old Izzie. The charity football match is being sponsored by Specsavers stores in Fakenham and East Dereham, along with Anglian Home Roofing Solutions and local businessman Robert Court.
Specsavers store director, Kevin Osborne, said: 'We really want to raise enough money to help improve Izzie’s mobility and transform her life. It is amazing how a specialist wheelchair will help with simple things which we all take for granted like walking down the road.’
‘Along with the other sponsors, I sincerely hope that the day will also raise awareness about Cerebral Palsy and I urge local residents to dig deep.’
Raising vital funds
Cerebral palsy is a muscle condition which impairs the muscle coordination of sufferers and means Izzie requires round-the-clock care from her parents, Caroline and Nic Eve. The wheelchair will help Izzie at school and allow her to play with her classmates. Tickets for the game are priced at £4 for adults and £1 for children, with doors opening at 1.00pm.
Norwich football legends Darren Eadie, Leon McKenzie, Iwan Roberts, Ruel Fox and Craig Fleming to name but a few, with local boxers Jon Thaxton, Sam Sexton and Bill Downs. Nathan Dale and the Walsh brothers will also join the line-up of sporting heroes. The Dereham Town team will be selected by current first team players Olly Willis and Nicky Howell, who are both celebrating their tenth year at the club. Olly and Nicky came to Dereham after spending eight years as scholars of Norwich City Academy and will select a team of players such as Graham Barret and Shaun Marshal who they have played with during their time at Dereham.
The event will include an array of fundraising activities including face painting, music by The Voice semi-finalist, Bill Downes and various games for children and a hog roast. From now until the game, local glasses wearers will be able to take advantage of Specsavers specs MOTs, in exchange for donations to the cause.