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A party has been held to celebrate what would have been Niamh Curry’s seventh birthday.

Niamh’s birthday would have been on Sunday, but the youngster sadly lost her 18-month battle with neuroblastoma in May 2012.

Children on the ice at Beckworth Emporium

Children on the ice at Beckworth Emporium

Her parents, Sam and Chris Curry of Wellingborough, who raised thousands of pounds to send her to America for treatment, vowed to continue fundraising and raising awareness of the childhood cancer after her death.

They launched Niamh’s Next Step, which has gained support from not only those who knew her but also many celebrities and sports stars.

Charlotte Nash, a neighbour of the Curry family and treasurer for the charity, organised the sell-out ice skating party at Beckworth Emporium on Tuesday to celebrate Niamh’s life.

She said: “When Niamh died, it was the worst thing ever.

“We wanted to keep her name going and to raise awareness.

“A lot of the children here are Niamh’s classmates, they knew her or met her along the way.

“The kids will always remember her, they’ll never forget her. Niamh’s legacy is massive.”

The skating party was the second one to be held and it is hoped it could become an annual event.

Niamh’s dad, Chris, said: “The fact all these people are still coming out on a school night to celebrate Niamh’s life is amazing.”

He said support on Twitter and Facebook on Niamh’s birthday had been humbling, and said: “It’s difficult to read the messages, but it’s amazing to see people take the time to do it.

“It gives us the strength as Niamh’s mum and dad to keep fighting.”