Father’s tournament to say thanks to hospital
A football coach is organising a charity tournament to
thank medical staff who saved his five-year-old daughter’s
Ross Elderfield’s daughter Ella has Glanzmann’s thrombasthenia,
a rare disorder that means her blood does not clot and a small cut
could haemorrhage for days.
Ella has undergone two blood transfusions, the most recent last
year and one when she was three, after she suffered internal
lesions which may have been caused by food scratching her
The Halfway Houses Primary pupil was treated at Medway Maritime
Hospital, Gillingham, and her father is organising the competition
to raise money for its Dolphin and Penguin children’s wards.
Some of the money will also go to The Haemophilia Society which
provides information and support for people affected by bleeding
Ross, who coaches the under-9s at Sheerness East, said: “The
nurses and doctors were superb. Me and my wife were very worried at
the time and I was really impressed by how hard they worked.
“If they can buy a few toys for the kids with the money, then it
would be a way of giving something back.”
Ella was diagnosed with the congenital condition, which also
causes her to bruise easily, when she was six months old.
Prison officer Mr Elderfield said: “We have to be very careful
with her, she can’t have sharp sweets or crisps. Her brother [Jack,
eight] is really good with her. He’s aware of her condition, he’s
quite gentle and looks after her.”
Last year, the 33-year-old raised £873 through a raffle and by
being sponsored to grow his moustache as part of Movember.
The tournament will be held at Sheppey Sports and Social Club,
off Queenborough Road, Halfway, on Saturday, November 17 from
There a few spaces to play still for a fee of £5 per person.
A raffle will also be held with prizes including four Gillingham
football tickets, a week’s training with Chelsea FC and various
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