Wellingborough walking group’s kind gesture to Rushden youngster

Marilyn Howe, Barry Crick and Tony Howe, of the Waendel Walkers, present the cheque to Malcolm Ray and Nikita
Marilyn Howe, Barry Crick and Tony Howe, of the Waendel Walkers, present the cheque to Malcolm Ray and Nikita

A walking group has presented hundreds of pounds to a Rushden youngster to help buy equipment which will enable her to communicate better with her parents.

The Waendel Walkers presented £500 they had raised throughout the year to Nikita Ray and her dad Malcolm.

Nikita, 12, suffers from a number of disabilities and Malcolm said the money would go towards buying computer equipment which she can manipulate to speak to her family.

He said: “We are trying to save for something called Eye Gaze at the moment.

“It is a bit of software which reacts to Nikita’s eye movements so she can select pictures and things like that to speak to us. One of the biggest problems we have on a day-to-day basis is communicating with her so the Eye Gaze technology will be a massive help.

“We are really grateful to the Waendel Walkers for the donation, and to everyone else who has raised money for Nikita.”

Mr Ray said the Eye Gaze equipment costs about £6,000.

Marilyn Howe, treasurer of the Waendel Walkers, and Barry Crick, chairman, visited Mr Ray along with another group member, Tony Howe, to present him with the cheque.

Mrs Howe said: “I had read about Nikita in the Northamptonshire Telegraph and wanted to do something to help.

“We raise money for a different charity every year, the group members vote on their preferred charity from a choice of three, and when I read about Nikita I nominated her charity as one of the three choices.”

Group chairman, Mr Crick added: “We charge 50 pence for every Sunday walk we do throughout the year and there are two walks over the Christmas period which are for charity.

“We started raising money in the 1990s and in that time we have raised more than £10,000 for good causes.

“The only stipulation we have is that they are local causes because we know an amount like £500 can make a very big difference to them.”

The Waendel Walkers hold walks throughout the year and have a website at www.waendel.org.uk.

Theirs was not the only donation so it was not the first cash boost the Nikita Jade Disability Fund has received recently.

In October, a cabaret event at Rushden Town Bowls Club was attended by 300 people and raised more than £1,000.

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