Last Saturday three volunteers from St Martins were treated to VIP treatment at Carrow Road with a pre match tour of the stadium and the chance to rub shoulders with goal scorer Teemu Pukki.
The volunteers are all clients of St Martins who offer up their time to go into Norfolk schools to talk about their experiences of addiction and homelessness. They thoroughly enjoyed the match between Norwich City and Middlesbrough and it gave a great lift to their self-esteem to be treated as VIPs on the day.
They all found it an amazing experience and it was particularly special to one of the volunteers who is a keen football player himself but had never been to a game at a stadium. Team member from St Martins Kim accompanied the group. She said, “They all found the tour of the stadium really interesting and asked lots of questions. The match was good and due to St Martins crew watching we won! After the match we were all invited to Gunn Club as VIPs which really boosted the guys’ confidence.”
The opportunity arose due thanks to a donation from Falcon Cranes. Joel Pattrick from Falcon Cranes said, “We are so glad that they enjoyed the experience and actually got to witness a rare Norwich win at Carrow Road! We are always looking to partner with local charities who have local people at their heart. This is why St Martins were chosen as you work closely with the Norwich community and we feel the work you do to help prevent homelessness is hugely significant should be recognised and we are in a privileged position to be able to provide this recognition.”
Pictured: The St Martins crew with Teemu Pukki