Derby County Ladies Football Club

Valuable Funds raised in FA Cup Game by A52 rivals

During last week’s Women’s FA Cup clash with Nottingham Forest WFC, fans of both sides raised over £100 towards buying a Defibrillator for a sports club in Derbyshire with the Ewe Rams matching the donation. to double the fund.

The Ewe Rams were presented with a Defibrillator by Goalkeeper Leah Kellogg and her family at the recent 3-2 loss in the Women’s FA Cup after a family tragedy in 2011 saw the Ewe Rams shot-stopper lose her much loved brother Joe Kellogg to Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.

Speaking to DCLFC Media, Neil Kellogg, the patriarch of the Kellogg family, told why it was important for the family to continue to raise awareness and hopefully help stop it happening to other families.

Neil said “Since the tragedy of losing Joe, we as a family have become more involved in raising awareness of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome and trying to eliminate it. We have done this in two ways, by donating money to the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) ‘research fund’ and also over the last two years raising funds to buy defibrillators to give to worthy Derbyshire based causes.

“There’s a lot of young people playing sport in our County and being a family with great sporting interest we have given a number of these out to local clubs. This particular defibrillator was raised through a coffee morning held at Spondon Cricket Club in September together with a donation from Brailsford & Ednaston CC.

“We’ve managed to buy 5 defibrillators for clubs including Derby County Ladies FC, Netherseal FC,  Heanor Town FC, Ockbrook & Borrowash CC and Brailsford & Ednaston CC.  We have funds in place for another one and will be able to give more information on that in time to come as well.

“It’s important that we try to change and improve the safety aspect of club environments  as tragedies can happen to both players and spectators. If there is a defibrillator on site, the chances of survival rise enormously and whilst in all cases we hope that they don’t have to be used, if one is available it can be life saving.

It is hoped through this campaign that more clubs will include on their fundraising agenda monies to buy their own life saving devices.”

Speaking at the presentation, Ewe Rams Chief Executive Duncan Gibb spoke of his appreciation of the gift of the Defibrillator and how as a club we can support the Kellogg family in their fundraising efforts moving forward.

“I’m so proud for this club to be associated with the Kellogg family, they are first and foremost a fantastic family that have suffered a tragedy that no one could ever imagine and secondly they are great ambassadors for sport in Derbyshire.

“We’ve been privileged to have Leah in our squad for the past two years and getting to know the story about what drives her passion on and off the field and that of her family too and I know that Neil is so proud of what his wife and children are doing to keep the memory or Joe alive. 

“We would like to pay tribute to the whole of the family and thank Neil, Sharon, Leah, Donna, Thom and Sam for their generous gift that we actually hope we never have to use. However, that gift could be a gift of life for many people moving forwards and so we will work hard to support their efforts going forward.”

For more information on Charity Cardiac Risk in the Young, please head to their website – and how you can help fundraise to ensure that we can help people to survive.