Legends in charity shootout
STAR names from Norwich City's past played a blinder to help raise thousands of pounds for two children whose mum died in a tragic accident.Former Canaries goalkeeper and manager Bryan Gunn was among those appearing at the Legends Charity Penalty Shootout at Yo Football in Great Yarmouth in memory of Bradwell woman Kelly Palmer, who died in a car accident last November.
STAR names from Norwich City's past played a blinder to help raise thousands of pounds for two children whose mum died in a tragic accident.
Former Canaries goalkeeper and manager Bryan Gunn was among those appearing at the Legends Charity Penalty Shootout at Yo Football in Great Yarmouth in memory of Bradwell woman Kelly Palmer, who died in a car accident last November.
He was joined on Friday night by fellow ex-city stars Darren Huckerby, Dale Gordon, Mike Milligan and Jeremy Goss to raise cash for Kelly's children, Kyle and Jordan, and widower Keith to go on a dream family holiday to Florida.
Around 1,000 people turned up on the night to meet the players and take spot kicks at Gunn, raising more than �4,500.
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Yarmouth mayor and mayoress Tony and Sara Smith and MP Tony Wright also went along to lend their support on the night.
The event was organised by Justin Brown, manager of Blundeston Magpies U8 football team where Kyle is a player.
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Justin said: “It was a fantastic occasion, beyond our wildest dreams. The players were so generous with their time spending ages signing autographs and chatting.”
Almost 170 people took part in the penalty competition with those scoring all four going in to a draw to win prizes including signed Norwich City shirts, footballs and pendants. A raffle raised �2,000 with prizes including a mountain bike, stay at Hopton Holiday Village, �150 Argos voucher, Ipod shuffle, and tea for two at the House of Commons.
Keith said: “The players were absolutely brilliant and even donated their boots for the raffle. Losing their mum was devastating for the children, but everyone has been so kind rallying around. It was a tremendous night and going to Florida will be a wonderful experience after all they have been through.”
Staff at Asda at Yarmouth, Keith and Kelly's workplace, raised �1,000 in an appeal organised by personnel manager Dione Wenn.
Both seven year old Kyle and Jordan, nine, attended the evening with Keith and other family members and friends.
Kyle suffered serious injuries in the car accident in November. He was travelling with sister Jordan, who was also hurt, to a Magpies coaching session when the crash happened involving another car near Lowestoft.
Both children will be mascots at the Norwich City v Ipswich Town Legends match at Yarmouth Football Club in April.
Justin has also organised a darts match tomorrow, Saturday, featuring ace Mervyn King at the Sun in Bradwell. The match starts at 2pm and sparring with Mervyn King costs �5.