Westlife back Niamh’s appeal

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Westlife are backing a campaign to raise money for life-saving cancer treatment for a five-year-old girl from Wellingborough.

The Irish pop group has invited Niamh Curry and her family to meet them at one of their London concerts in May.

Niamh has the rare and aggressive cancer neuroblastoma and her parents Chris and Samantha are trying to raise £450,000 to take their daughter to America after doctors exhausted their treatment options here in the UK.

Band member Shane Phelan has been following her story on Twitter – Niamh’s Next Step is one of just 88 Twitter users the singer follows on the social media network, despite having 156,000 followers himself.

His wife Gillian has been in touch with the Curry family to show her support for their campaign.

Mr Curry said: “She’s been following us since we started and she sent us a message saying Shane and the rest of Westlife wanted to do something to help.

“They have invited us down to meet them at their concert on May 12, and they have also given us VIP concert tickets and a meet and greet with Westlife as a prize for an auction we are having in May.

“Gillian has also asked us to send over some special Niamh wristbands and she’s going to see if she can get the band to wear them. That would be amazing for us because it would raise so much awareness.”

The campaign is also receiving a lot of backing from the world of boxing.

The family has been invited by boxing promoter Frank Warren to attend a world title bout on March 16, where three boxers will wear Niamh’s charity T-shirt, including Billy Joe Saunders.

They hope the event will prove to be a good fundraising opportunity, and a chance to raise the awareness of their campaign.

The total amount they have raised so far now stands at £95,000, but they need to reach their fundraising target in order to take Niamh to America, where there are more treatment options. If they can raise the money, Niamh will receive special antibody treatment in Philadelphia.