Sheffield charity heading in right direction

Volunteers gather for the trusts anniversary
Volunteers gather for the trusts anniversary

Families, friends and patrons of a one-year-old Sheffield charity enjoyed afternoon tea to mark its first birthday.

The event took place at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane stadium and was organised by the founder of the Eden Dora Trust, Petrina Goldman.

Petrina and her former husband Phil set up the charity after their daughter Eden was diagnosed with encephalitis, aged six.

Among the guests was Johanna Deakin mum of Doncaster One Direction star Louis Tomlinson who went along in his absence.

Louis is a patron of the charity and Petrina, from Dore, said he’d been a huge support in its inaugural year.

She said: “Thank you so much to everyone who came to our 1st birthday celebrations.

“It was so lovely to see so many people of all age groups having such a great time, and showing their support and helping us raise awareness of The Eden Dora Trust and childhood Encephalitis.

“Here’s to our family fun run on June 21.”

Encephalitis is a rare but very serious condition that causes inflammation of the brain.

The Eden Dora Trust is currently the only charity in the UK dedicated to children who suffer from it.

Eden suffered from the near fatal condition four years ago and had to be rushed to Sheffield Children’s Hospital after a seizure.

She had to learn how to walk and talk again and the condition left her with a brain injury which has affected her development.

The trust is holding a charity auction to win the chance to go and see One Direction perform in Dubai and meet and greet the band.

A family fun run is planned for the summer.

See for details.