Massive support for Niamh’s appeal

Darren Lyman, pictured at a 24-hour bowls marathon for Niamh
Darren Lyman, pictured at a 24-hour bowls marathon for Niamh
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SUPPORT for the campaign to raise money for Niamh Curry to get treatment gained massive support from the local community and from celebrities.

The Evening Telegraph was inundated with people contacting us to promote charity events for Niamh Curry’s charity appeal, Niamh’s Next Step.

It was one of the most overwhelming responses to a charity appeal that reporters at this paper had ever seen.

The campaign also received backing from celebrities who pledged their support through social media websites.

Westlife front man Shane Filan and his wife Gillian lent their support for the Niamh’s Next Step campaign shortly after it was launched in January.

The singer donated VIP tickets to be auctioned for the campaign. He tweeted his condolences to Niamh’s family yesterday morning. He said: “Just woke up and heart feels broken for Niamh and her family. She was five and lost her battle with cancer... a true angel now.”

Aston Villa and Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given was pictured with Mr Filan wearing a Niamh’s Next Step wristband.

He also tweeted: “Really sad to hear the news that little Niamh has lost her battle for life from cancer.”

Other celebrities, including singer Alexandra Burke, wore wristbands to raise awareness of the charity appeal.

Across Northamptonshire many people volunteered to hold events in aid of the appeal to raise £450,0000 for Niamh to have treatment in America.

Donations included more than £4,500 from The Stag’s Head in Great Doddington. The pub raised the cash with a raffle, auction and live music night organised by Kellie Gall and Kirsty Patterson.

Landlady Gerry Rendel said: “Our thoughts are with Niamh’s family. I hope the money can be used to help another child.”

Darren Lyman from Wellingborough did a 24-hour bowlathon at Wellingborough Bowls Club, which raised more than £3,900. A group of friends from Kettering Science Academy carried out a sponsored 100-mile bike ride from Kettering to Wisbech.

The Vicarage Farm Community Association and Gleneagles Social Club in Wellingborough raised a huge £4,000 by holding a St Patrick’s-themed celebration.

A sponsored swim was completed by Abbie Todd at the Waendel Leisure Centre on April 2, raising £855. And workers at Thomas Cook in the Swansgate Centre, Wellingborough, held a fundraising day.