Brave Elliott’s sporting treat

Left to right: Eamonn Hunt (trustee), Elliott Smith, Nicola Kilner (trustee) & Claire Payne (S.Utd customer services manager)
Left to right: Eamonn Hunt (trustee), Elliott Smith, Nicola Kilner (trustee) & Claire Payne (S.Utd customer services manager)
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A TEENAGER who lost his twin sister tragically to leukaemia has been treated to a sporting day out thanks to the 12 Days of Christmas appeal.

Elliott Smith, aged 16, from Dronfield, was devastated when his sister Naomi died last May just months after being diagnosed.

Despite grieving for his twin, brave Elliott managed to get good results in his GCSEs at Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School, where he has now started in the sixth form.

Blades fan Elliott visited Bramall Lane for a tour of the stadium, as well as a meal and tickets to watch a game in style from an executive suite, courtesy of Sheffield charity Help a Child Have a Chance.

The 12 Days of Christmas appeal, run in association with The Star, offers needy youngsters across the region a chance of receiving a share of £10,000.

Nominations flooded in following an appeal and the winners are now being revealed in The Star.

Elliott was nominated by his headteacher Teresa Roche, who said he is an ‘extremely well-liked child’ and that his family were shocked by Naomi’s sudden death.

“She was a strong, healthy girl. Her diagnosis and sudden death has been a horrendous shock for all her friends, and especially her family,” she said.

Naomi played for Sheffield United Community Ladies.

She trained at the Sheffield United Centre of Excellence.

She played for her school team, as well as for the under-16s football team for schools across Derbyshire.

Elliott’s mum Emma, a single parent, has been ‘through hell and back’, Ms Roche added.

“It’s obviously still very raw to her and Elliott,” she said.

“She’s still having to go through life taking each day as it comes.”

Naomi contracted acute myeloid leukaemia and needed a bone marrow transplant.

A donor was found, but doctors were unable to get her into remission to receive it.

n See The Star tomorrow for another 12 Days of Christmas winner. For more details about the charity, call 07507 600 146 or visit