Northampton Saints stars Ben Foden and Lee Dickson will attend a sponsored walk and family fun day for a charity which raises funds to fight a childhood cancer.
The Five Mile Smile for Niamh’s Next Step will take place from 10am until 5pm on Saturday, April 13, at the Old Grammarians sports field, off Sywell Road, Wellingborough.
Foden and Dickson are both patrons of the charity, which raises money and awareness of the childhood cancer neuroblastoma while offering help, support and advice to children and families affected.
The appeal was set up in January 2011 to raise £450,000 to take Niamh Curry, from Wellingborough, for specialist treatment in America after she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma.
The five-year-old sadly lost her battle with the rare cancer in May last year.
More than £330,000 was raised by the appeal and that money allocated to the Neuroblastoma Alliance, with the Curry family having an input into how it was spent.
Niamh’s parents, Chris and Sam Curry, vowed to continue the appeal in order to fight the disease in Niamh’s memory and Niamh’s Next Step officially became a charity in January.
They hope the Five Mile Smile will be a good fundraising event for the charity.
Mr Curry said: “We’d love to see everyone there on the day to support it.
“The walk will be five laps around the Old Grammarians field, or one lap for children. Keith and Eve Yates have really worked hard to organise it.
“I hope it will be the first of many.
“We have our patrons Ben Foden and Lee Dickson coming down to play a bit of rugby with children.
“There will also be a chance to meet and have your pictures taken with the Saints and England rugby stars.”
The day will start at 10am with registration for the charity walk, which will be five miles for adults or one mile for children.
Participants who don’t want to be sponsored can turn up and pay £5 per adult and £1 per child to walk.
After registration there will be a quick Zumba warm-up before the walk starts at 10.45am.
The family fun day activities will then get under way, with Saints stars Ben Foden and Lee Dickson holding a children’s rugby session, along with Bernie the Saints Mascot and Kiddie Coaching Ltd.
Entertainment will also be provided by singers and The British DJ & MC Academy, and the Starlight Dance troupe will be performing.
There will be a bouncy castle village featuring the UK’s largest slide standing 85ft high, face painting, balloon modelling, clowns, a bar and food and more than 25 gift and craft stalls.
Get a sponsor form for the Niamh’s Next Step Five Mile Smile here.
Chris Curry said: “Places are filling fast so please email Keith Yates to register for the walk, or just turn up on the day.”
Parking will be available on the site.