DONATIONS towards vital life-saving treatment for a seriously ill five-year-old girl have passed £100,000.
An appeal to raise money to help cancer patient Niamh Curry, of Wellingborough, was launched less than two months ago but overwhelming support has seen money pour in.
Niamh has neuroblastoma and her parents Chris and Samantha are trying to raise £450,000 to take her to America, after doctors exhausted treatment options in the UK.
Mr Curry said: “It’s fantastic – to have reached £100,000 in less than two months is amazing.
“It would be nice to keep the momentum going – it’s lovely to reach the £100,000 mark but the focus has to be to keep it up if we want to hit our target.
“Niamh had chemotherapy all weekend but she’s doing well. She takes it all in her stride.”
The total raised for the Niamh’s Next Step appeal last night stood at £101,431.88.
Pupils and staff from Little Harrowden Primary School, which both Niamh and big sister Hannah attend, will be doing a 10-mile midnight hike around Grafham Water on Friday and have already drummed up almost £1,500 in sponsorship money.
A mufti day has also been organised by neighbour Charlotte Nash for the same day.
Last week, England cricketer Graeme Swann asked his Twitter followers to donate to the Niamh’s Next Step appeal and Mr Curry said this helped boost the total.
He said: “On Friday my phone was going off with a lot of donations. I think we raised about £1,000 in the space of a couple of hours.”
If the family can hit their target, Chris and Samantha will take Niamh to Philadelphia in America, where she will be given special antibody treatment not available in the UK.
To donate go to www.justgiving.com/niamhsnextstep.
Alternatively, give £5 by texting ‘Cure50 £5’ to 70070.