Rotherham lass raises £5000 in memory of friend’s daughter

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A loyal friend of a Mum whose little girl passed away at two-years-old has gone above and beyond in showing her support by raising an incredible £5000 for three charities that helped in a time of need.

Ellen Senior, 33 from Rotherham, organised a glitzy charity ball which saw 200 guests from all over Yorkshire come together in memory of little Olivia Waldron who sadly died last October following a battle with a rare immune condition Takayasu Arteritis 

To show her support to Mum, Kayley, Ellen and her work colleagues took three months to organise the ball, held at Bramall Lane, to help raise money for The Sick Children’s Trust, Martin House Hospice and The Children’s Heart Surgery Fund. Ellen says:

“We wanted to do something for Kayley that would make a difference and we thought it would be nice to do something big and special rather than just putting money in the pot. Kayley said that each of the charities really helped her through the most difficult of times which is why we decided to split the money between the three.

“Kayley also said that The Sick Children’s Trust’s Eckersley House, where the family were able to stay while Olivia was receiving treatment, was absolutely fantastic. It was more than she ever expected and when she told us all about it, we knew that we wanted to help spread the word.  I think we’ve certainly done that by hosting a successful ball!”

The Sick Children’s Trust funds ten ‘Homes from Home’ around the country, three of which include Eckersley House in Leeds and Treetop House and Magnolia House in Sheffield. The free accommodation is given to parents when their child is receiving treatment at these specialist children’s hospitals, and provides them with a direct line to the ward in a comfortable, homely room just minutes from their child’s bedside..

Jane McHale, Eckersley House Manager, says: “It’s wonderful to see friends coming together to support Kayley and her family during such difficult times and we feel so privileged that they are donating funds to us.”

If you would like to find out more about The Sick Children’s Trust, please visit


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