Family thanks fundraisers’ ‘phenomenal’ efforts

Niamh Curry
Niamh Curry

The campaign to raise enough money to send five-year-old Niamh Curry abroad for treatment for neuroblastoma has reached the £250,000 mark.

The Niamh’s Next Step appeal was launched in January with the aim of raising £450,000 so Niamh, of Wellingborough, can go to Philadelphia in America for treatment.

Now less than four months later generous donations have poured in to reach the landmark total.

Niamh’s dad Chris Curry said: “It’s completely phenomenal, it’s humbling for people to have taken Niamh to their hearts. It’s humbling what the people of the county have done, it makes me very proud to live in Northamptonshire.”

Mr Curry said despite spending lots of time in hospital and continuing to fight neuroblastoma, Niamh was aware of the huge public support for her. He said: “She knows there’s lots of stuff going on. We were sitting at home looking at Twitter and she said ‘Daddy, why is it all about me?’.”

Recent donations which have helped the appeal get to £250,000 include a donation of more than £4,500 from The Stag’s Head, Great Doddington. The pub raised the cash with a raffle, auction and live music night.

Darren Lyman from Wellingborough did a 24-hour bowlathon from 5pm on Friday, April 20, to 5pm on Saturday, April 21, at Wellingborough Bowls Club, which has raised more than £3,900.

And a group of friends from Kettering Science Academy did a sponsored 100-mile bike ride from Kettering to Wisbech and back to boost the appeal further.

Mr Curry said there were lots of events lined up to help the campaign move on and to keep momentum up to raise the remaining £200,000 for Niamh’s treatment. He said: “It’s getting bigger and bigger. When people do these events I really hope they enjoy them and have a bit of fun as well as raising money.”