Nikita Jade Disability Fund

Raising money for a special girl

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Nikita's family close to target

Posted on September 30, 2008 at 4:50 AM

30 September 2008

The family of a girl with a brain disorder are within touching distance of raising enough money for crucial medical treatment.

 

Malcolm and Trudie Ray, of Grafton Street, Rushden, need just 600 more to send daughter Nikita on an intense two-week course which would help in her battle against an illness she has had from birth.

 

The six-year-old suffers from cerebral palsy and microcephaly, which means her brain develops at a slower rate than normal and affects her posture, mobility and communication skills.

 

However, the physiotherapy course at Bobarth Hospital in London, which could help improve her health and development, costs 3,500 in total.

 

To read a previous story about Nikita click here.

 

Mrs Ray said: "We really are on the homeward stretch now. We have been overwhelmed that people who don't even know us have donated money.

 

"At the church we go to, lots of money has been donated just by people wanting to help."

 

The cash for the latest fundraising drive has been raised with a number of collections, including the Rays collecting more than 240 at Asda in Rushden and Evening Telegraph readers making generous donations at our offices.

 

A collection at the church in Park Road, Rushden, also raised 1,100.

 

Nikita's parents want to raise the money because of the benefits the physiotherapy course has had on Nikita in the past.

 

When she has gone there previously, Mr Ray said she "changes completely," including starting to sit up and communicating by pointing.

 

Mr Ray said: "When she comes back she starts doing things we thought she'd never do. It's unbelievable how much she comes along."

 

The course consists of a 45-minute lesson each day when specialist staff work with Nikita to improve her mobility.

 

It starts with an assessment so doctors can determine how best to spend her time on the course and what they should focus on. They then teach her to do new things including moving about and using objects.

 

Nikita, who attends Rowan Gate Primary School in Wellingborough, is well-known in the community, especially after the Evening Telegraph helped raise cash for a wheelchair in 2004.

 

The family is hoping to raise the final few hundred pounds by holding a table-top sale at the Scout Hut in Rushden on October 25.

 

Anyone who is interested in holding a stall or making a donation to the fund can call Andrew Papworth on 01933 443562.

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