Back To Bayern

Hi there, and thanks so much for taking the trouble to follow my Back to Bayern journey.

You’ll hopefully remember me for THAT goal in the magnificent Olympic Stadium in Munich that helped Norwich City defeat three-times European champions Bayern in the Uefa Cup back in 1993.

Those glory days are a long way off now, and these days I’m having a ball of another kind as the fundraising manager for the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind.

And that’s the charity that will benefit from the money that big-hearted people like you are donating, to spur me on as I attempt my 1300-mile Back to Bayern cycle ride.

The ride takes in all three stadiums where the Canaries played that year, Vitesse Arnhem in Holland, Bayern Munich and finishing at the San Siro where our fairytale Euro-dream ended against Italian superclub, Inter Milan.

I want to promise you that every penny raised from the ride will be spent by the NNAB to support and care for an estimated 20,000 blind and partially sighted people in Norfolk.

We’re a completely local charity that gets no State funding whatsoever to carry out the sort of work we do.

Our whole purpose is to help and advise blind people and wherever possible give them the support they need to keep living independently.

So we have 11 community workers who visit people in their homes providing everything from information on the latest gadgets and gizmos available to help them around the home, to just a cup of tea and a listening ear for those who find it hard to get out.

We’ve got seven resource and equipment centres around the county and regularly stage exhibitions to show off the latest technology that allows visually impaired people to read, cook and communicate on-line.

We’ve got a vibrant sports and leisure programme enabling blind people to swim, sail, cycle and ramble, as well as provide classes things like IT, art and Braille.

Actually, the list is endless and since I started supporting the charity I’ve been blown away at the commitment and passion shown by the staff and volunteers that are the NNAB.

So if you remember that Bayern goal, and still get that warm glow from the memory, or simply want to support a great cause, I’d be eternally grateful for your support now.

Don’t forget you can follow my progress, live on these pages and Twitter and you can read my daily diary in the EDP and on website, where you’ll also find more about the work and support the association provide.