The NJDF launched in 2004 when Nikita was just two years old. There have been some amazing people helping raise money for Nikita. Find the details of what they did and how much they raised below.
The very first event. Seeing the New Year in and launching the Nikita Jade Disability Fund with a fancy dress party. Little did we know that the NJDF would take off as it did.
A family friend, Jackie Pelling was touched by Nikita’s story. Jackie went onto organised a very successful skittles evening in her local social club in Rugby, Warwickshire.
Nikita’s Aunty Rita and mum, Trudie were sponsored to climb Mount Snowdon, Snowdonia. With the help of their husbands (Nikita’s Uncle Barry and dad, Malcolm) for support, coaching and safety.
The Valentine’s Ball
2004 - £1426 | 2005 - £882
Held at the Windmill Club, Rushden. Tickets were sold in advance and there was a raffle on the night. There was also a light buffet and live entertainment.
Party in the Park
2004 - £194 | 2005 - £611 | 2006 - £337 | 2007 - £119 | 2008 - £302 | 2009 - £277 | 2010 - £111
2011 - £185 | 2013 - £180
Rushden Town Council put on an annual party in the centre of town at Hall Park. Each year the NJDF have attended there has been bright sunshine and up to about 10,000 people visit throughout the day. The NJDF hold a tombola and sell merchandise to help raise awareness about her disabilities and funds for Nikita’s treatments and equipment.
ASDA Collection Buckets
2008 - £ 236.71 | 2012 - £232.46
The NJDF committee and family members gave up their time to raise Nikita’s profile in their local ASDA store. They had a display with information and buckets for donations.
Batty Boots 2
Sponsored - £352
A fancy dress three mile walk around Rushden Hall Park. Nikita won best fancy dress and was presented by the mayor with a cheque for £25.
Tombola, table-top sale, cake stall and other fundraising stalls helped to raise money for the NJDF at Rushden Scouts Hall.
Manor School Year 11 GCSE Coursework
As part of their Citizenship coursework the year 11’s at Raunds Manor School and Sports College raised a whopping amount that was split between three causes. Nikita received in excess of £900 from the students.
The Three Musketeers
The NJDF managed to bring their own unique pantomime version of the Three Musketeers to the stage with hilarious scenes and a great atmosphere in Park Road Baptist Church.
Waitrose Community Token Box
Shoppers receive tokens when at the checkout and they choose from three causes in the foyer. Nikita was lucky enough to have her name put forward for one of those boxes.
2012 - £380 | 2013 - £90
The Waendal Walk is a local annual event where walkers…erm, walk. Some just because they want to and others do it as a sponsored event.
A brilliant afternoon enjoyed by many at the Locomotive Inn, Wellingborough. The pub hosted a “Killer Knockout” Skittles tournament and a raffle as part of their Midsummer Beer Fest.
Car Wash & Coffee
The PRBC Youth group had a splashing time washing cars to raise money for Nikita. Whilst waiting for their cars, drivers were served drinks.
Sat in a Field Music and Arts Festival
2013 - £2000 | 2014 - £3000
Mike David and Marc Atkins are the brains behind Satinafield. Held in a field not far from Cheddar Gorge over August Bank Holiday weekend the not-for-profit music and arts festival raises money for four charities/funds. The NJDF is very proud to be one of those causes.
1940s Valentine Dance
February 14th 2014 the NJDF held a 1940s inspired Valentine Dance at Rushden Athletic Club. Live entertainment from the Ashby Big Band and a Grand Prize Draw with a family holiday to Spain up for grabs.
The Prince’s Trust Triathlon
Dan Freeman’s Team 24 at the Rushden branch of the Prince’s Trust raised over £500 for Nikita by organising and completing a triathlon.
The Christmas Fair
2013 - £179 | 2012 - £160
Christmas Street party in Irthlingborough. We held a tombola and sold merchandise amongst pretend snow and Christmas carols.
Luz Haynes & Family
Luz and her family completed several marathons raising in excess of £700 and donated it all to the Nikita Jade Disability Fund. Luz is a local lady that has followed Nikita’s story for many years.
Jayne Wiggins, Bring It On
Jayne Wiggins chose Nikita’s fund after reading her story on Facebook. Jayne organised and hosted a mega cabaret night at Rushden Bowls Club and all the proceeds were donated to the NJDF. Tickets were sold in advance, there was a raffle on the night and some fantastic entertainment.
Not to be confused with the aforementioned Waendal walk. The Waendal Walkers are a group that leisurely walk the countryside.
Grandma Streaks for Nikita
Nikita’s 84 year old, frail grandmother Joan Cook raised over £500 by streaking! No, wait, not running across a football pitch naked. She cannot run. Jonathan Brown at The Strand in Rushden High Street donated his time and services to dye Joan’s hair pink blue and purple!
Soap Box Derby BBQ