Charity ball raises £5,000 in memory of Sheffield youngster

Olivia Waldron with mum Hayley, dad Jamie and brother George
Olivia Waldron with mum Hayley, dad Jamie and brother George

The friend of a Sheffield mum whose young daughter lost her fight against a rare immune condition has raised £5,000 for three charities that helped in a time of need.

Little Olivia Waldron, aged two, passed away in October following a battle against a condition which attacked her organs.

Ellen Senior, 33, from Rotherham, organised a charity ball which saw 200 guests from across Yorkshire come together in memory of the youngster from Darnall.

To show her support to mother Kayley, Ellen and her work colleagues from Rotherham Council took three months to organise the ball, held at the Sheffield United ground, to help raise money for The Sick Children’s Trust, Martin House Hospice and The Children’s Heart Surgery Fund.

Ellen said: “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.”

The Sick Children’s Trust funds 10 accommodation houses around the country, three of which include Eckersley House in Leeds and Treetop House and Magnolia House in Sheffield, which is given to parents when their child is receiving treatment at local children’s hospitals.

Jane McHale, Eckersley House manager, said: “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.”