Stars to turn out for Niamh’s charity gala

Shane Filan from Westlife, who will be one of the stars appearing at a charity golf day and gala ball for Niamh's Next Step

Shane Filan from Westlife, who will be one of the stars appearing at a charity golf day and gala ball for Niamh's Next Step

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A host of sports stars and celebrities are to attend a charity golf day and gala ball being held to raise funds for a Wellingborough-based children’s cancer charity.

Westlife singer Shane Filan, cricketer Darren Gough and rugby stars Ben Foden and Lee Dickson are among those set to attend the event in aid of Niamh’s Next Step at Whittlebury Hall on Saturday, August 3.

The charity was founded in the memory of five-year-old Niamh Curry, of Wellingborough, who died from the rare children’s cancer neuroblastoma in May last year.

Her parents, Chris and Samantha Curry, vowed to continue the appeal they started to raise funds for Niamh to have treatment in America as a charity to fight the illness in her memory.

Tickets for the golf day and gala ball at Whittlebury Hall are available now and all the money raised at the event will go towards raising awareness and funds to fight neuroblastoma.

People who attend the golf day will play alongside celebrity guests. The gala ball is due to start later on that day, with reception drinks at 6pm followed by a four-course meal, a silent and live auction, raffle and a performance by a ‘very special’ live band and DJ.

Mrs Curry said: “We hope that about 300 people will attend the event.

“We’ve got a few famous people who will be attending, including Shane Filan, Ben Foden, Lee Dickson and Darren Gough, plus lots of other famous people who are rumoured to be attending.

“It’s one of our two big events that we have coming up, as our Five Mile Smile is on September 8.”

Mr Curry added: “There’s going to be some incredible people at the Whittlebury Hall event.”

The charity recently received backing from local companies, after being selected as the charity of the year for the Sainsbury’s store in Wellingborough and Full Support Healthcare.

To book tickets for the golf day call Mark Barrett on 07980 859472 or email oakland2003ltd@aol.co.uk.

Tickets for the gala ball are available from Maxine Barrett on 01234 954165 or 07974 834065 or email maxfit4@gmail.com.