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Football writer pens novel for charity

Paddy DavittThe chief football writer of two daily sister titles has written a novel to help raise funds for a food bank charity.

Paddy Davitt, who covers the fortunes of Norwich City for the Eastern Daily Press, Norwich Evening News and dedicated online football site, has penned One Shot at Glory, which follows the fortunes of an ambitious young footballer who dreams of playing for his hometown club.

The e-book has been launched on the Amazon website this week with all the proceeds from the first in a series of novels going to the Trussell Trust, a national charity which sets up and runs food banks.

Paddy, pictured above left, said he had been “deeply moved” by stories of families forced to turn to charity for food aid.

He added: ““They really do a remarkable job and you can see how important food banks have become in recent years.

“Nearly a million people in this country used a food bank over the last year and, particularly at Christmas time when there is so much emphasis on celebrating with family and friends and enjoying yourself, it really brings it home to you how many people struggle with something most of us take for granted.

“I just felt if there was anything I could do to raise awareness and funds for such an important cause then let’s try to do it.”

Paddy, who moved from the Midlands to become a trainee sports reporter in the EDP’s King’s Lynn office in 2003, is a lifelong Coventry City fan who developed his passion for the sport and writing by reading fictional football tales in his youth.

He has covered Norwich City for more than a decade and was named chief Norwich City football writer when the Canaries were promoted to the Premier League in 2011.

One Shot at Glory costs £2.06 and is available for download here.