School quids in for Niamh, five

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A fundraising midnight walk has raised more than £17,000 to go towards the appeal to send five-year-old Niamh Curry for treatment abroad.

Parents, teachers, governors and other volunteers from Niamh’s school, Little Harrowden Primary School, did the midnight walk around Grafham Water in Cambridgeshire in about three hours in the middle of the night on Friday, March 2.

Ever since the group of 115 people completed the midnight walk, the sponsorship money has been rolling in.

The fundraiser was held to raise cash for the Niamh’s Next Step appeal, which was set up with the aim of raising £450,000 for Niamh, from Wellingborough, to go abroad for treatment for neuroblastoma.

The school’s business manager Kate Pettifer said everyone at the school had been overwhelmed at the fantastic response the midnight walk had got.

She said: “It’s gone just over £17,000 and we are still collecting. It’s exceeded our expectations.

“We set ourselves an initial target of £5,000 and thought if we hit that, that would be brilliant.

“Then when we did reach £5,000 we dared to think we might get to £10,000, then we dared to think we might get to £15,000.

“It’s just been brilliant, the response we have had has been absolutely fantastic.

“I think everyone is really proud. We are only a small school, we have got less than 200 pupils, and the fact a small number of people could do something to help this family has been brilliant.”

The school is hoping to have a final total by the end of next week.