Sheffield half marathon runners raise cash for city charity

A charity set up by a Sheffield mum after her young daughter fell ill has received a £2,000 cash boost thanks to staff at a city firm.

Members of staff at Grant Thornton - audit, tax, wealth advisory specialists - completed the Sheffield Half Marathon to raise cash for the Eden Dora Trust.

The charity was set up by Petrina Goldman, from Dore, after her six-year-old daughter, Eden, became seriously ill with encephalitis - an inflammation of the brain often caused by a virus and can lead to lifelong severe brain damage and other complications.

The charity provides support to children and their families affected by childhood encephalitis and the brain injury complications in later life.

It also funds training for families, teachers and health care professionals involved with the ongoing care and rehabilitation of children affected by the life changing illness.

Rebecca Sutton, Tax Executive at Grant Thornton, said: “Everyone at Grant Thornton has been so supportive of our fundraising and has helped contribute towards the £2,000 in whatever way possible.

“The Eden Dora Trust was chosen after staff voted for their charity of choice so it is close to our hearts and we’re thrilled to be able to help such a worthy cause.

“Staff from Grant Thornton and supporters of the Eden Dora Trust were on the sides with Eden giving us jelly babies as we ran past which we all appreciated - particularly at the last few miles.”

Petrina said: “It was wonderful to see so many of our supporters and runners at this year’s Sheffield Half Marathon, many of whom had come from Grant Thornton.

“We cannot thank the amazing Grant Thornton Sheffield team enough for their incredible fundraising achievements. When we were told that we had been chosen as the charity of choice, I was incredibly moved. We are so grateful as the money raised will help to fund research into a quicker diagnosis and towards more training for adults who have a child with an acquired brain injury in their care.”

Visit www.edendoratrust.org to find out more.