Niamh’s appeal tops £200,000

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The appeal to raise £450,000 to send little Niamh Curry abroad for life-saving treatment has hit £200,000 in less than 100 days.

It comes as five-year-old Niamh returned home to Wellingborough last night after eight days of treatment in hospital in London.

The Niamh’s Next Step appeal was launched in January with the aim of raising £450,000 to pay for Niamh to get treatment for her aggressive neuroblastoma cancer in America.

Now just three months on – exactly 95 days – the money raised has already climbed to almost half the total.

Niamh’s dad Chris Curry said: “£200,000 in less than 100 days is absolutely phenomenal. The support has been amazing and it continues to be.

“People aren’t resting on their laurels, they are doing one event and then thinking ‘what else can we do?’.”

Mr Curry said the aim was to get Niamh out to Philadelphia for the treatment in September. A sample of a tumour Niamh had removed last year was sent to Philadelphia last week to be examined by medics.

Recent donations to the appeal include a £100 donation by financial expert and founder of moneysavingexpert.com Martin Lewis.

Recent fundraisers held to bolster the appeal further include a sponsored swim which was completed by Abbie Todd at the Waendel Leisure Centre on April 2. Abbie completed a 5km swim, 200 lengths of the 25m pool at the leisure centre, in 1 hour 35 minutes and raised £855.

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

Chairman Toni Saunders said: “Anybody who has met Niamh immediately falls in love with her spirit and bravery and our members have taken her cause to their hearts and I would personally add my thanks to Chris and Sam, Niamh’s parents, for their support.

“It really has brought our community in Wellingborough so much closer together and everybody wants to do their bit to help. Already we are planning our next event for July.”

Caring Kindergartens in Wellingborough held a cake sale for Niamh on Thursday and raised more than £80 and a group of seven friends from Kettering Science Academy are also doing a 100-mile bike ride to raise cash.