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Former Canaries set for skydive

PUBLISHED: 12:00 04 May 2010 | UPDATED: 10:13 02 July 2010

Peter Walsh

They reached the dizzy heights of the Premiership in their time at Norwich City but two former Canary stars will be aiming their sights even higher later this month as part of a charity challenge.

They reached the dizzy heights of the Premiership in their time at Norwich City but two former Canary stars will be aiming their sights even higher later this month as part of a charity challenge.

Darren Huckerby and Craig Fleming, both part of City's 2004 First Division title winning side, are preparing to take a leap of faith - from 15,000 ft - in a death-defying skydive.

Huckerby, who scored 48 goals in 203 games for Norwich and was named in City's Greatest Ever team, and Fleming, who played 382 times for City in nearly 10 years at the club, will complete the challenge for the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research charity on May 16 at Ellough near Beccles.

It will be the first time either has attempted such a challenge and both have called on Canaries' fans to help calm their nerves by pledging their support and making it a memorable day for the charity which is celebrating its 50th year.

Huckerby, who will have his own club at Carrow Road to host fans on matchdays next season after being forced to quit the game last year due to a hip injury, said he decided to take part after being asked to sponsor a friend.

He said: “They rang up and asked if I would sponsor them and I said I would jump on and do it. I didn't realise it was so high, but it's just one of these things.

“When the day comes it will be a bit nerve-wracking, but hopefully we can raise as much money as we can. It's a good cause and a little bit of fear is not much compared to what a lot of people go through.”

Huckerby, a fitness fanatic who was renowned as one of the best trainers during his time at Norwich, admitted he had not done any training for his latest challenge.

He said: “I'm just going to turn up on the day and hope for the best. It's a crazy thing to do, but hopefully a good thing. If people can give a little bit that will be great.”

Fleming, part of the management team at Lowestoft Town - a club which this season won the Ryman League Division One North trophy - said: “I'm a bit nervous to be fair. I think that's pretty natural, but am looking forward to it as well. It's one of those things where there's a lot of fear but a lot of fun as well.”

The former City skipper called on Norwich fans to dig deep and help support them and the charity. He said: “It's such a good cause, just about everyone I've spoken to knows someone who's been affected by leukaemia. It's such a good cause and hopefully people can sponsor us.”

To find out more or to sponsor the former Canary pair, log onto www.justgiving.com/Craig-Fleming

Are you taking part in an ambitious challenge for charity? Call reporter Peter Walsh on 01603 772436 or email peter.walsh@archant.co.uk

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