Thousands of pounds continue to be raised in the memory of a little girl whose story touched the hearts of many people.
Five-year-old Niamh Curry, from Wellingborough, sadly lost her battle with the rare cancer neuroblastoma in May.
Her parents, Chris and Sam Curry, launched the Niamh’s Next Step campaign in January to try to raise £450,000 to take Niamh for specialist treatment in America.
They have vowed to continue the appeal in order to fight the disease in Niamh’s memory.
More than £190,000 has now been raised.The fund was recently boosted by a £10,000 donation made by the Wellingborough Masons, Wellingborough Bowling Club and the Wellingborough-based music group Bonkers Band.
The money was handed to Mr Curry who accepted it on behalf of the Neuroblastoma Alliance as Niamh’s Next Step is in the process of applying for charitable status.
Mr Curry said: “The £10,000 donation was fantastic. Everything we do now is in Niamh’s memory – we can’t fight it for Niamh but we can fight it in her memory.
“Obviously we wish things could have been different but if we can do it in her memory that’s the next best thing.
“We have had so much support from the community.”
Dave Leveridge, treasurer of the John Pyel Lodge and a member of Wellingborough Bowling Club, thanked all those involved in raising the £10,000 donation.
Contributions were made towards the total by masons from lodges across Wellingborough, and a further £2,500 was donated by the Provincial Grand Lodge.
Mr Leveridge said: “We wanted to help. Unfortunately the only thing we can do now is to help others in the same situation in Niamh’s memory.”
To make a donation to Niamh’s Next Step make cheques out to ‘Niamh’s Next Step’ and post to Troon Crescent, Wellingborough, Northants, NN8 5WG. People are asked to include their details on the back of the cheque so that the Curry family can reply with their thanks.
Donations can also be made at www.justgiving.com/teams/niamhcurry.