Charity to carry on in honour of brave Niamh

Wellingborough Curry family �40 K raised: Niamh, five with l-r dad Chris, sister Hannah, seven, and mum Sam.'26/01/12

Wellingborough Curry family �40 K raised: Niamh, five with l-r dad Chris, sister Hannah, seven, and mum Sam.'26/01/12

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The Niamh’s Next Step appeal, set up to help Niamh Curry to get treatment, is to carry on raising cash and awareness of neuroblastoma in her name.

The five-year-old from Wellingborough was fighting neuroblastoma but lost her battle last month.

More than £330,000 had been raised through the Niamh’s Next Step appeal since it was set up at the start of the year.

The aim was to raise £450,000 to pay for Niamh to get treatment in America.

Niamh’s dad Chris Curry said the family had decided to continue Niamh’s Next Step to raise cash and awareness alongside the Neuroblastoma Alliance.

The cash the appeal raised will be allocated by the Neuroblastoma Alliance, but the Curry family will have an input into how it is spent.

The charity’s name has become widespread through Niamh’s Next Step wristbands being sold worldwide and through the website Twitter, on which the charity has more than 35,000 followers.

Mr Curry said: “Niamh’s Next Step has become known all over Britain, if not all over the world.

“We just wanted to keep it going in her memory and to try to help others with what we have been through with our experiences.

“With the momentum that Niamh built, we have to keep that going for her.”

Mr Curry said Niamh would want the appeal to continue to help others. He said: “The next step for us is to help others. Niamh was such a caring girl, she would have wanted to help others.

“Although it doesn’t go to help Niamh, it will go towards helping other boys and girls.”

A fundraising rugby versus football tournament and fun day will be held from 10am on Saturday at Wellingborough Rugby Football Club for Niamh’s Next Step.