MONEY raised to help pay for treatment for a little girl who is fighting cancer has been stolen by burglars.
Thieves broke in to the home of a fundraiser from Little Harrowden and stole a few hundred pounds which had been collected for five-year-old Niamh Curry’s appeal.
The Wellingborough youngster has the rare neuroblastoma cancer.
Her parents Chris and Samantha are trying to raise £450,000 to take her to America in September after doctors exhausted treatment options in the UK.
Mr Curry said it was despicable that thieves could steal money meant for charity.
He said: “It is not nice that it is Niamh’s charity money that has been stolen, but it’s also the fact that they have gone in to someone’s home in the middle of the night.”
Police are investigating the burglary, which took place last weekend.
A Northamptonshire Police spokesman said: “We are appealing for information about a burglary in Little Harrowden during the early hours of Sunday, April 15.
“At some time between midnight and 6.30am, an offender forced open a ground floor study window and made off with jewellery, sponsorship monies and keys to a vehicle – the vehicle was not stolen.
“The jewellery stolen was a Breitling Cockpit men’s watch and a pair of gold-studded diamond earrings, both expensive items and of great sentimental value to the owner.”
Witnesses to the incident, or anyone with information, should call police on 101. Information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
The Niamh’s Next Step appeal was launched in January with the aim of raising the total amount needed to pay for Niamh to get treatment in America.
More than £200,000 has been raised so far thanks to donations and people organising fundraising events.
Special Niamh charity wristbands have also been produced to raise money for the appeal.
People can pick up a wristband for a suggested donation of £2 at the ET’s Pebble Lane office, open Monday to Friday from 8.45am to 5.15pm.
If you have a fundraising event that you would like us to promote, call 01933 443560 or 01933 443562.
To donate to Niamh’s appeal visit www.niamhsnextstep.com or give £5 by texting ‘Cure50 £5’ to 70070.