Nikita Jade Disability Fund

Raising money for a special girl

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Show will help fund treatment for Rushden girl Nikita

Posted on June 1, 2009 at 4:50 AM

01 June 2009

Talented performers are needed for the first ever fundraising show to be held for a young girl who has a brain disorder.

 

Seven-year-old Nikita Ray, of Rushden, was born with cerebral palsy and microcephaly, which means her brain develops at a much slower rate than normal.

 

She first touched the hearts of Evening Telegraph readers when we launched an appeal for her in January 2004 to raise money for a wheelchair.

 

Over the years readers have helped raise thousands of pounds for the Nikita Jade Disability Fund.

 

Her parents, Malcolm and Trudie, now hope to raise 4,000 for her ongoing treatment by putting on a production of the Three Musketeers by James Barry this winter.

 

Mr Ray said: "Trudie and I hate asking people for money so we thought that we would do something so people would get something in return for their money.

 

"We thought it would be great to put on a show and when Trudie read me the Three Musketeers I thought it was brilliant.

 

"We're hoping people will go out happier having seen the show and we will come away with more funds for Nikita."

 

Every year Nikita visits Bobath Hospital in London for a two-week course of intensive physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.

 

The course alone costs 2,000 and the family also has to raise money for their travelling costs to London every day and for any equipment Nikita needs after the course to help her progress further.

 

Mr Ray said: "The course is so important because every time she comes away from it she has achieved amazing things."

 

To help their dream show become a reality, they are looking for four men and two women to take on the main roles and act as stand-ins.

 

Volunteers, who should be over 17, are asked to get in touch with Nikita's family as soon as possible so the audition process can be completed in July and the rehearsals can begin in August.

 

The family is also looking for volunteer stage hands, and in particular people who have experience of using scenery, to come forward as well.

 

Three performances of the family show will be held at Park Road Baptist Church hall in Rushden on November 20 and 21.

 

To volunteer for the show contact Mr Ray on 07733 625176.

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