Our Story

We’re a community of people working to normalise Epilepsy and free young adults from stigma, limitations and fear.

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About Us

On the 3rd of May 2019, Joanne and Andrew lost their son, Peter Doody, as a result of his epilepsy. His death was sudden and unexpected. Peter was 21 years of age and was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 17.

We know, from first hand experience, that there is a lack of information and support available to young adults between the ages of 17 and 30 with epilepsy, as well as their carers and families. By raising money through events and fundraisers we aim to change this, so that we may provide day to day holistic support and help prevent other sudden unexpected deaths from epilepsy amongst young adults. 

Our Goals


Raise Awareness


Provide Support


Reduce Stigma

Meet The Team

Joanne Doody


Hi. I am Co-founder of the foundation, set up in 2019 after our son Peter passed from Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP). I am an experienced qualified, accredited counsellor which I hope offers added holistic support to those we aim to serve. I successfully set up and managed my own businesses for over 15 years and believe these skills will assist me greatly in the work I do as Chair and in the day to day running of the foundation.

Andrew Doody


As Peter’s dad, I know first-hand how it can be for a parent with a son or daughter who has epilepsy. I am a retired Police Officer with over 30 years experience in safeguarding others but unfortunately I was unable to safeguard Peter. If I only I knew then what I know now. From personal experience, I am very aware of the lack of provision there is in place for young adults with epilepsy and I am determined to do all that I can to put this right.

Ellie Shepherd

Social Media & Trustee

Hi I’m Ellie! I am currently in my final year at Northumbria University, and have recently just completed my year out as marketing assistant at Dawsongroup. Having full responsibility of the social media interactions within this company will hopefully prove beneficial to my role in the foundation. As one of Pete’s close friends in high school, raising awareness of SUDEP is especially important to me and in bringing awareness to more young adults.

Louise Moriarty

Head of Fundraising & Trustee

I am passionate about my role within the Foundation as Head of Fundraising. As Regional Crew Manager, for Europe’s largest leading airline I have a vast skill set and strong worth ethic. I thrive on challenges to make successes. I am equally committed within my role at The Peter Doody Foundation and to support those who are in need of us the most.

Sophie De Luca

Social Media & Trustee

Harry Doody

Social Media & Trustee

Hi I’m Harry Peter’s brother. Having a sibling living with epilepsy can be very challenging and upsetting. Having witnessed numerous seizures I know the impact these had not only on my brother but also myself. From my experience I want to help others increase their knowledge and awareness of epilepsy and also offer support. I would like to normalise epilepsy and create a future where those living with epilepsy don’t have to miss out.

Liv Dennison

Social Media & Trustee

Hi, my name is Liv. I’m self employed and own a bakery. I am a recently appointed trustee. I hope that the skills I have learnt from running and promoting a business will help in the work I do as a trustee and in helping to raise awareness of SUDEP and the fantastic work the Peter Doody Foundation are doing. As a close school friend of Peter I want to do everything I can to support young adults living with epilepsy.

Peter Doody

CEO (in spirit)

Without whom none of this would possible......

A Tribute to Peter

Two of the three accompanying songs in the video are Peter’s own and the third is a remix of his. Proud beyond words…

I love and miss you sweetheart.

Eternal love, Mum xxx