Star-studded line-up for Niamh’s Next Step gala ball

Niamh Curry
Niamh Curry

Celebrities from the world of sport and television are among those hoping to help Niamh’s Next Step smash the £250,000 fundraising mark at its annual gala ball.

Saints and England rugby stars including charity patrons Ben Foden and Lee Dickson will be at the fundraiser at Whittlebury Hall on Saturday, August 8.

The annual golf day held earlier this year for Niamh's Next Step

The annual golf day held earlier this year for Niamh's Next Step

Joining them will be former cricket star Darren Gough, Tubes from Soccer AM and some stars from Eastenders to raise money to fund research and raise awareness of neuroblastoma, the childhood cancer which claimed the life of Niamh Curry aged just five in May 2012.

Since Niamh’s Next Step became an officially registered charity two-and-a-half years ago, it has raised almost £250,000 and they are hoping the gala ball will be the night they hit the milestone.

Niamh’s dad Chris Curry of Wellingborough said: “It’s going to be a great night, they are always good events.

“Tickets have sold really well and I am pretty confident we will sell out.

“There are about five tables left.”

The evening will be hosted by rugby legend Martin Bayfield with entertainment on the evening including illusionist David Penn and live music from The Look.

There will also be live and silent auctions, including one item signed by golf star Rory McIlroy.

Chris said: “I think it is one of the biggest celebrity nights in Northamptonshire.

“It’s a fantastic night and we are hoping to break the £250,000 mark, which would make it even more special.

“We have got a few special tricks up our sleeve should we surpass that.”

Chris said while it is set to be a great night, the fundraising is for a very important cause and among those going this year are several of the nurses who treated Niamh when she was ill.

Money raised by the charity goes to fund research into the disease, although this does not make it any easier for Chris, wife Sam and daughter Hannah.

He said: “Every day is difficult.

“The only people who would understand it are those who have been through what we have been through.”

He added: “Nothing is the same and nothing ever will be.

“We just try to be positive, especially with Hannah, we try to stay strong for her and try to give her a normal life.”

Chris added that the support they receive as a family as well as for the charity is ‘amazing’ and said: “We are always very humbled by the support, we can’t thank people enough.”

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