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Colchester United Community Foundation are delighted to announce our first Community Champion of the 2023/24 season!

15 August 2023

6-year-old Paisley was first nominated by her school as a School Network Pupil Champion, at our recent Schools Networking Event, and her story very quickly touched the hearts of coaches within the Foundation.

Just before Christmas 2022, Paisley showed amazing courage, confidence and quick-thinking to make a 999 call when her mum started to have an allergic reaction at home and was struggling to breathe.

After talking the call handler through all of the information they needed to know, Paisley let the ambulance crew in to the house and quite possibly saved her mum’s life!

Having never been to a football game before, we thought it was deserving that we reward her bravery by selecting her as our first Community Champion of the season.

Before the end of the summer term in July, the Community Foundation also took the opportunity to surprise Paisley and her school by delivering an assembly around allergy awareness, covering what an allergy and an allergic reaction is, symptoms, treatments and even running through a role-play ambulance call, to give the pupils an understanding of the sort of questions they might be asked, if they were ever in Paisley’s position – a story on this will follow shortly, so keep your eyes peeled!

“I’m so proud of her for what she managed to do at such a young age. I just felt my body start to go weak and breathing started to become more difficult and she was amazing. She’s over the moon to have been invited to the game as Community Champion.” – Jenny, Paisley’s mum.

Paisley will be presented with her award on the pitch shortly before kick-off.

Do you know a Community Champion? If so, look out for our upcoming Community Champion nominations, which will be shared very soon!

We look forward to welcoming more Community Champions to the JobServe Community Stadium each month, for the rest of the season.

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