In the News
|Posted on January 6, 2004 at 3:05 AM|
06 January 2004
WE NEED your help to give little Nikita Ray the gift of independence.
Nikita, aged 22 months, was born with cerebral palsy, developmental delay and microcephaly, which means her head is too small and her brain develops at a slower rate than normal.
She is unable to sit up unaided or put any pressure on her legs, and has regular physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and light sensory therapy.
Her family have started raising money towards various equipment required by Nikita, of Grafton Road, Rushden, and one of their first goals is 5,000 for a wheelchair.
Her mother Trudie said: "We are hoping to get Nikita an electric wheelchair she will be able to operate herself, although this will depend on what progress she makes with her motor skills.
"If she could eventually achieve that sort of independence, the impact for both her and us would be phenomenal.
"We are hoping she will be able to manage with a specially adapted chair she can operate, so she can have some sort of normality.
"It all depends on how her skills develop."
More than 250 has been raised since Nikita first appeared in the ET last month, but we are now calling on ET readers to get behind the campaign.
Trudie, 39, and father Malcolm, 50, launched their own appeal on New Year's Eve with a fancy dress party and started selling raffle tickets at midnight.
l A Valentine's Day ball and prize draw is being held at the Windmill Club, Glassbrook Road, Rushden, on Saturday, February 14, from 7.30pm.
For more information or to buy raffle tickets or tickets for the ball, call 01933 318845 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.