Nikita Jade Disability Fund

Raising money for a special girl

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What an achievement

Posted on September 15, 2005 at 4:40 AM

15 September 2005

A YOUNG girl with cerebral palsy is the inspiration for her parents in completing their own personal challenge.

 

Nikita Ray, three, of Grafton Road, Rushden, was born with cerebral palsy and microcephaply, which means her head is too small and her brain develops at a slower rate than normal.

 

Her parents, Trudie and Malcolm Ray, are looking to raise money to help with Nikita's development by climbing Mount Snowdon on September 25 with Trudie's sister and brother-in-law, Rita and Barry Page.

 

But the couple have been given an extra incentive to make sure they complete the trek with Nikita learning to roll over in the past two weeks – something she has never been able to do before due to her disability.

 

Mrs Ray said: "The climb is a massive challenge for us, not just because we are not really fit but also trying to fit in training with looking after Nikita.

 

"But Nikita is doing really well and has just learned to roll over, which is a massive achievement for her.

 

"Up until that point, she has been totally dependent on us for moving her anywhere.

 

"Now we can't stop her."

 

This progress comes after Nikita had two weeks of intensive treatment at the Bobath Centre for children with cerebral palsy in London earlier this year.

 

The 2,500 course was paid for by the local health authority, but it is unlikely it will be able to fund it again for Nikita.

 

Mrs Ray said: "We want to raise as much money as possible for Nikita to have more treatment next year."

 

About 500 has been raised so far.

 

Anyone wishing to make a donation or sponsor the climbers can e-mail [email protected] or call 01933 397070.

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