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|Posted on April 10, 2004 at 4:35 AM|
10 April 2004
GENEROUS ET readers have smashed an appeal target and donated thousands of pounds which will transform a little girl's life.
Two-year-old Nikita Ray, of Grafton Road, Rushden, can now look forward to a brighter future after the appeal to raise 5,000 for specialist equipment passed the target by 470.
In January the ET joined forces with Nikita's parents Trudie and Malcolm to raise the cash for the youngster who has microcephaly. This means her brain develops at a slower rate than usual, leaving her unable to sit up unaided or put pressure on her legs.
Nikita's plight touched the hearts of hundreds of readers. One anonymous donor handed over 305.
Last month the total stood at 4,880 and the target was reached when a friend of the family raised 590 at a skittles event.
Mrs Ray said: "I want to say thank-you to everybody.
"When we first talked about the appeal we thought it would take years to reach the target. We couldn't have done it without the ET and its readers."
The cash will be used to buy an adapted car seat, which costs about 500 and swivels to make it easier for Mr and Mrs Ray to get Nikita in and out of the car.
The family also wants to buy communication aids which will help the youngster.
Mrs Ray said: "At the moment Nikita uses her whole hand or fist to do things but this equipment should help her use her fingers more."
Nikita's family will continue to raise funds and anyone wanting to support them can do so by taking cash or cheques to the Nikita Jade Disability Fund at HSBC bank, 37 High Street, Rushden.