Peter Andre, Jake Wood from EastEnders and Shane Filan from Westlife show support for Wellingborough charity Niamh’s Next Step

Strictly star Jake Wood wearing a Niamh's Next Step wristband
Strictly star Jake Wood wearing a Niamh's Next Step wristband

Celebrities are lining up to show their support for a charity set up in memory of a little girl who died of neuroblastoma.

Stars from the world of music, television and sport have been helping raise awareness of the childhood cancer which claimed the life of Niamh Curry when she was just five in May 2012.

Peter Andre wearing a wristband raising awareness about Niamh's Next Step

Peter Andre wearing a wristband raising awareness about Niamh's Next Step

Her parents Sam and Chris set up Niamh’s Next Step in her memory and the charity is going from strength to strength as more people learn of its work.

Former Westlife singer Shane Filan, who is a patron for the Wellingborough-based charity, mentions Niamh in his new autobiography entitled My Side Of Life.

He describes Niamh’s Next Step as a charity close to his heart, and recounts how he came to know the Curry family.

Niamh’s dad Chris said: “Shane’s support is fantastic, the book is going to be a best-seller around the world.”

Eastenders actor Jake Wood has also had his photo taken wearing a Niamh’s Next Step wristband with Strictly Come Dancing partner Janette Manrara and supporter of the charity Spencer Oliver.

Jake had been training with Janette and Spencer, who is a former boxer and Sky Sports boxing pundit, ahead of his live performance last Saturday.

The family really value the Strictly support as it was Niamh’s favourite show and she loved visiting the BBC studios after choosing it as a wish when she was poorly.

Singer Peter Andre has also been snapped wearing one of their wristbands at a gig after fan Shell Dillon-Redmile asked if he would be pictured with her.

Chris said: “It’s pretty humbling. This is our little charity and to see these sorts of people supporting us is great. We’ve already had donations coming through because of the book.”

Great North Run for patron

Former boxer Jamie Moore is taking on the Great North Run, and his Justgiving page explains why: “Firstly to raise money for a great charity I’m patron for, set up in memory of a beautiful little girl called Niamh, who sadly lost her fight to the horrible cancer neuroblastoma.

“So funds are raised to help trial drugs to help fight the disease, and to help the families who are affected by it.

“Also, as you may know I was shot in Marbella in a case of mistaken identity, and it has left me with no movement in my left foot through nerve trauma.

“I have been told that over the next 12 to 18 months I should start to get feeling and movement back but that I will probably only get around 70 per cent back.

“But I’m not listening! I’m determined to get it all back and I am using this run as a goal and motivation to push myself, and also raise money for a great cause too.”