Ella Tovell to be this weekend's Communtity HeroNORWICH City Football Club will be delighted to welcome Saturday's Community Hero Ella Tovell (left) to Carrow Road.
Season ticket holder Ella, from Acle, has raised more than £10,000 in just five years for Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Ella, 19, was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy at three months old - a condition where the heart muscle becomes weak and is unable to pump blood around the body efficiently.
She suffered complications throughout her childhood and, aged 14, things got worse and she became very ill. "My heart was getting weaker and because of that I got diagnosed with a condition called pulmonary hypertension,” she says. "This meant that there was reduced blood flow around my heart and there was pressure to my lungs."
Ella was put on the heart transplant list and, in just four days, she received a heart donor. Her doctors had told her parents that after the transplant she would be in intensive care for weeks and in hospital for three months, but Ella surprised everybody with the speed of her recovery and was in hospital for only two weeks.
"Ella continues to amaze us all every day with her fighting attitude,” says her younger sister Chloe. “She's pretty much my biggest inspiration in life."
So please give a big Carrow Road welcome to our fellow Canary Ella as she brings out the match ball ahead of kick-off on Saturday.
If you want to find out more about signing up to the organ donor register and to see the work that Great Ormond Street do and how you can donate then visit organdonation.nhs.uk or gosh.org.
At every Sky Bet Championship home match, Norwich City will invite a deserving community-minded individual(s) to be their ‘Community Hero’ and place the match ball on to a special plinth prior to kick off.
Whether the individual works in the emergency services or the armed forces, is a carer or charity champion, a super fan or a regional sporting hero, the initiative celebrates their contribution to the local community.
If there is anyone you think deserves special recognition for their community efforts or personal achievements, please contact the Club via firstname.lastname@example.org.