THE parents of five-year-old Niamh Curry have thanked fundraisers for helping to raise £300,000 towards the total needed for their daughter to have life-saving treatment in America.
Chris and Samantha Curry, of Wellingborough, launched the Niamh’s Next Step campaign in January to raise £450,000 to take their daughter to Philadelphia for specialist care.
Since then countless people have organised charity events in aid of the appeal.
This week the fundraising effort has topped the £300,000 mark, but with £150,000 still to go the family is appealing for people to keep up the good work.
Mr Curry said; “It’s overwhelming. People have been incredible and I can’t thank everyone enough.
“But we still have more money to raise so please just keep on helping.
“I think that people really have just taken little Niamh to their hearts and people are just so determined that we are going to raise the money – and with the people of Northamptonshire behind us, I’m sure we will.”
Brave Niamh has spent the last month in hospital battling pneumonia.
People are continuing to show their support for her charity by holding events across the county.
One of the latest events being organised in aid of Niamh will see Paul Norris, 46, and Ian Crofts, 48, attempt to raise £10,000 by setting a new world record for the longest squash singles match on June 2 and 3.
They hope to beat the current world record, which stands at 32 hours and 19 minutes, when they play their marathon match at Diana’s Health & Fitness, Finedon Road, Wellingborough.
A tea party is also being held at St Mark’s Church, Queensway, Wellingborough, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm on Saturday, June 2.
Celebrities have also supported the appeal by wearing Niamh’s Next Step wristbands. Westlife front man Shane Filan and his wife Gillian have been so keen to support the Little Harrowden School pupil that they donated VIP Westlife concert tickets – two of which sold for more than £4,900 on eBay.
To make a donation to Niamh’s appeal visit www.niamhsnextstep.com or give £5 by texting ‘Cure50 £5’ to 70070.