MORE than £80,000 has now been raised to go towards life-saving treatment for five-year-old Niamh Curry from Wellingborough.
The Niamh’s Next Step appeal was launched last month with the aim of raising £450,000 to treat Niamh’s aggressive neuroblastoma cancer.
Dozens of fundraising events are already under way to help boost the total further.
Youngsters at Wellingborough School held an event to raise cash for Niamh’s appeal on Friday last week and staff and students at Rushden Community College organised a Valentine’s tea dance for members of the public on Wednesday last week to help raise cash.
Kiddi Caru nursery in Wellingborough held a red Valentine’s party on Tuesday to raise money for the appeal. The nursery is planning a series of events to help raise cash.
Other fundraisers planned include several sponsored cycles, a golf and dinner dance event and an abseil down Northampton’s lift tower.
Niamh’s dad Chris Curry said: “We are up to over £80,000, it’s going well.
“We have still got a long way to go to the £450,000 target.
“It’s been amazing.
“The people of Wellingborough have come together, it’s absolutely amazing.
“It’s a big target, it’s a lot of money to raise, but we have got to do it.”
Mr Curry said more than 40 events were set to take place for the appeal by the end of March.
He said: “There’s a lot going on up until May or June, we have got about five people running the London marathon, we have got people jumping out of aeroplanes and doing 24-hour marathons.”
To donate to Niamh’s appeal visit www.niamhsnextstep.com or give £5 by texting ‘Cure50 £5’ to 70070.