Derby County Ladies Football Club

Kellogg’s Sobering Month to Raise Defibrillator Funds

Derby County Ladies Goalkeeper Leah Kellogg has took the plunge and gone sober for January as she looks to raise money to buy more local defibrillators for football clubs across Derbyshire.

The Ewe Rams shot-stopper’s family were faced with tragedy in 2011 when Leah’s brother Joe Kellogg collapsed and died whilst playing football locally and since then, she has campaigned to get crucial defibrillators installed at every club across Derbyshire and beyond to stop anybody else facing the heartbreak her family have endured. 

Leah said “As a family we do different events throughout the year to raise money to buy defibrillators to donate to sporting clubs across Derbyshire. I am doing Dry January so no drinking for the whole month to try and raise £500 to put towards the fund. 

“What I am doing is very important. We as a family want every sports club in Derbyshire (then maybe UK) to be equipped with a Defibrillator. We had to go through something no family should losing my brother when he went to football training and collapsed.

“We were told if a defibrillator was their it could have saved him. It’s sound really cliche but it’s so true I think about him every single day he was my best friend and my brother and I want to make him proud with what we are doing.”

Since the tragedy, the Kellogg family have held many fundraising events to help local clubs around Derbyshire buy defibrillators with their annual Darts tournament held just before Christmas at Spondon Cricket Club raising more valuable money for the campaign and Leah is hoping that the more events that are put on, the more people can be possibly saved in the future.

“We have done walks, quizzes, coffee mornings, darts events and funding days at Mickleover Sports FC. It is hard to organise events and constantly promote them weeks before to make sure there well attended and we raise lots of money. 

“We know that it’s all worth it though when we buy defibrillator and donate it to a club that wouldn’t have been able to afford one. The hardest one I’ve done is walk 32 miles in a day it absolutely killed me but knowing why we did it kept me going. 

“The social events are always really well attended and my sister climbed Kilimanjaro a few years ago and raised a lot of money for that too. A defibrillator costs around £1000 which is a lot of money to some local sports clubs so the more we can fund, the better chance we have of saving lives and creating something positive out of a devastating situation.”

To help raise valuable funds for a new defibrillator, please take a look at Leah’s Just Giving page by clicking on the following link – https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/liakellogg10

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