Canaries legend Jeremy Goss launches new charity bid
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Canaries legend unveiled as the new fundraising face of Norfolk charity
Canaries legend Jeremy Goss has been unveiled as the new fundraising face of a major Norfolk charity.
The man who scored against Bayern Munich in City’s 1993 Uefa Cup run is the new Events Fundraising Co-ordinator for the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind (NNAB), which helps enrich the lives of 20,000 blind and visually impaired people across Norfolk each year.
His appointment was announced at the association’s annual meeting, chaired by its president, the Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Rev Graham James.
Former Welsh international Mr Goss said: “This is a fantastic challenge for me and I think the most rewarding job I will ever have. I am really proud to be able to play a part in the association’s vision of making a difference to the lives of so many people by helping them remain independent and active.
“I hope I’ve got some good ideas for furthering the work of the association and using my contacts to raise much-needed funding for it.”
He said he was attracted to the position because of the passion the volunteers, the community workers and the staff put in to the charity to make it such a force for good in the community.
Mr Goss ensured a permanent place in the hearts and minds of Canary fans with his spectacular goal against Bayern and was voted into the club’s hall of fame in 2002.
NNAB director John Child said: “We are delighted to have Jeremy as our new signing. We are sure such a high profile ambassador for our charity will help our work across Norfolk.”
The association, formed in 1805, receives no state or public sector funding, yet provides a range of services and facilities to help blind and partially sighted people in Norfolk, including supported accommodation, educational and recreational services and in-home outreach through a network of 300 volunteer workers.
Derek James, the Sheriff of Norwich, described the charity at the annual meeting as “a shining example of how a charity ought to be run.”
He added: “Thanks to the association blind people can get the most out of life.”