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Norwich City and Ipswich Town players to help charity ahead of derby

PUBLISHED: 16:09 20 April 2011 | UPDATED: 08:05 21 April 2011

Norwich City captain Grant Holt celebrates scoring in the 4-1 win against Ipswich Town at Carrow Road earlier this season. Picture: James Bass

Norwich City captain Grant Holt celebrates scoring in the 4-1 win against Ipswich Town at Carrow Road earlier this season. Picture: James Bass

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Norwich City and Ipswich Town players will be putting their differences aside in the name of charity ahead of tomorrow night's East Anglian derby clash at Portman Road.

During the warm-up before the game both sides will don East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) T-shirts to highlight the work of the charity, while a collection will also be held inside and outside the stadium.

EACH provides care and support to life-threatened children and their families across East Anglia, in their homes or at one of their three hospices, including the new Treehouse in Ipswich and Quidenham in Norfolk.

Both football clubs are loyal supporters of EACH and continue not only to raise the charity’s profile but also raise vital funds to ensure EACH can continue their work.

Patsy Johnson, EACH fundraiser, said: “We are delighted that Ipswich Town and Norwich City are yet again lending us their support.

“It’s wonderful to know that we will be able to hold a collection at the ground, and are grateful to all the players who will wear EACH T-shirts.”

Four Town fans making a rush for kick-off are also raising money for EACH.

Tom Coe, Dan King, Lee Whitmore and John Murphy have taken on a challenge to visit all 92 Football League clubs in 92 hours, leaving from Carrow Road early on Monday morning.

The group, who all work at Axa Insurance in Ipswich, are driving around the country in an effort to raise £1,000, but have already raised in excess of £1,500. Support them at: www.justgiving.com/ITFC92in92

For more about EACH, and how you can raise funds, visit www.each.org.uk or call 01953 715559.

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