Derby County Ladies Football Club

Ewe Rams to be Presented with Defibrillator at FA Cup Clash

Derby County Ladies will this Sunday be presented with it’s very own Defibrillator when they take on local rivals Nottingham Forest WFC in the Women’s FA Cup.

The club will receive the defibrillator as part of a fundraising effort led by Ewe Rams Goalkeeper Leah Kellogg and her family in memory of her brother Joe, who sadly passed away in 2011 from an undetected heart issue.

Speaking to DCLFC Media, the Ewe Rams shot-stopper spoke of the awareness her family are trying to promote and spoke fondly about the memory of her brother.

Kellogg said “For any family to lose a family member when they had their whole life ahead of them is devastating and it’s been 8 long years since Joe left us and its just as tough now as it was then.

“My brother was just a great person, heavily involved in sport and played to a decent level in Derbyshire and it was on the pitch that he lost his life. I still don’t think any of the family can get their head around losing Joe and I miss him so much, he was just a joy to have as a brother.

“Since the tragedy, we have made it a mission of the family to raise funds to ensure clubs across the county have access to a Defibrillator so that if this happens again, there is a higher chance that the next person this happens to can be saved.

“We think all clubs across the UK should have access to this life-saving device and we will continue to lobby for this to be come compulsory at sports clubs.

“We work closely with the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) and have put on a number of events over the last few years to raise funds and have given away a number of Defibrillators and I felt it was a good time to do the same for Derby County Ladies.”

Sunday’s FA Cup tie with East Midlands local rivals Nottingham Forest Women will see Ewe Rams Chief Executive Duncan Gibb be presented with the Defibrillator from the Kellogg family and he believes it is a vital piece of equipment and echoes the need for it to be a compulsory item at sports clubs.

Gibb said “I can’t begin to imagine losing a family member so unexpectedly and at such a young age and its such an important issue to raise awareness about and we need to make sure that we as a club can help support the efforts of the Kellogg family to get their voice heard.

“If this was to happen again, for somebody to survive it is vital to have one of these available and quickly to ensure that we give somebody the best chance to stay alive.

“I am so proud of Leah and the rest of her family, dealing with a tragedy of this magnitude should never happen to anyone but they have dealt with this the best way they could to honour Joe and ensure that his memory lives on.

“The work doesn’t stop now, we know their are other events already in the pipeline and we will do all we can to help the next club to get that opportunity to be able to save lives should the unthinkable happen.”

The club will have a bucket collection at this Sunday’s Women’s FA Cup match with Nottingham Forest WFC as fundraising begins for a new defibrillator.