Birthday Boy Joshua Pennington got a gift to remember this May, courtesy of Norwich City Football Club.
The 27-year-old, who lives at the Old Vicarage in Norwich, is a massive fan of his local team, holds a season ticket and goes to every home game.
So, he was delighted when a NCFC shirt, signed by the club’s manager Daniel Farke, was delivered to the Service.
There was another surprise in the delivery as a carrot cake made from a recipe by Norwich City shareholder and legendary cook Delia Smith was also dropped off.
According to Service Manager Steven Gray, it was a dream come true for Joshua.
Steven said: “Joshua is a devoted Norwich City fan and he follows the club religiously.
“When the football shirt arrived, his face lit up, and he said, ‘Oh my god, is that for me?’
“It was a wonderful gesture by the club – it made Joshua’s day!”
The carrot cake was enjoyed by the whole team and the people they support.
Steven said: “It was one of the best cakes any of us have ever had. Totally delicious and very much appreciated – thanks Norwich City FC!”
The Old Vicarage wasn’t the only Swanton service to get a special delivery from Norwich City FC.
Heath Farm House, situated in Little Plumstead, was delighted to receive a signed shirt and cake of their own.
The delivery came courtesy of Delia Smith and her husband Michael Wynn-Jones, who included a note in the package.
Delia wrote: “As the virus continues in its reach, everyone at Norwich City Football Club would like you to know that we will never take for granted your dedication and selflessness.
“This gift comes with our love and deep gratitude from the players, staff and supporter. With love and thanks, Delia and Michael.”
The team and the people supported at Heath Farm House were bowled over by the gesture and thoroughly enjoyed eating the cake together.
It’s wonderful that such a high-profile organisation in the local area is taking the time to spread joy to key workers during the pandemic.