Ellison, 8, inspires fundraising at football friendly
On Saturday 8 July 2017, East Grinstead Town F.C. took on Leeds United and Liverpool legend Harry Kewell's Crawley Town in a pre-season friendly, to raise money for Young Epilepsy.
This was all thanks to eight-year-old Ellison. He has juvenile absent seizures and was diagnosed with epilepsy a year ago. Ellison is the stepson of East Grinstead's manager Matt Longhurst.
The match may have ended one sided (Crawley won 6-1), but the epilepsy awareness and money raised during the afternoon was poignant and incredible. This wouldn't have been possible without Ellison. Ellison, you hero, inspiration and legend!
Ellison, who lives in Dartford in Kent, said before the match:
I want to help other children, like me, with epilepsy, to show them there are other people with the same condition and that it’s okay,
I have chosen Young Epilepsy as a charity to help raise awareness. I've needed help and I want to make sure everyone else who needs it, can get it also. It makes me feel good being helpful to other children like me.
I can't wait to be mascot for East Grinstead, with my sister Cerise, and help raise lots of money and awareness for Young Epilepsy.
Crawley Town’s manager Harry Kewell is best known for playing in left wing for the likes of Liverpool and Leeds United. He represented Australia 56 times and played in two World Cups. He will be the first Australian to coach a professional English side.
Harry Kewell, says:
I’m very proud that my first game as Crawley Town’s manager will help support such a brilliant cause. Epilepsy is a hidden condition and Young Epilepsy do a great job in helping create a world that enables young people like Ellison to thrive.
Vicki Kennedy, Director of Fundraising and External Relations at Young Epilepsy says:
This football match was a tremendous opportunity to unite two teams in tackling epilepsy.
Ellison is an inspiring young man and we are grateful to him for sharing his story and inspiring other young people who live with the condition. This sends a powerful message and I’m delighted he’s chosen Young Epilepsy to fundraise for.