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|Posted on January 13, 2004 at 3:20 AM|
13 January 2004
TICKETS to raise funds for specialist equipment for little Nikita Ray have raised £1,000 in less than a week.
Nikita, who is 23 months old, was born with cerebral palsy and microcephaly, meaning her head is too small and her brain develops at a slower rate than usual.
She is unable to sit up unaided or put any pressure on her legs, and has to undergo several hours' physiotherapy each day.
The ET has joined forces with Nikita's family to raise at least 5,000 for a specially adapted wheelchair which it is hoped she will one day be able to operate. Since the appeal's launch last Tuesday, 1,000 has been raised from tickets for a raffle to be drawn at a Valentine's ball in aid of the fund.
Nikita's father, Malcolm, who lives in Grafton Road, Rushden, with wife Trudie, 39, son Lee, 17, and daughter Kelly, 11, said the family had been overwhelmed by people's generosity.
Mr Ray, 50, said: "We never dreamed we would raise so much so quickly.
"Hopefully, we will be well on course to raising 2,000 with the raffle tickets by the time of our Valentine's ball, but once we have held collections at Budgens and have sold all the ball tickets, we may even have raised 3,000.
"Marchean Press in Wellingborough has been fantastic, printing all the raffle tickets for us at cost price."
Generous people donated 250 before the raffle tickets went on sale, and another 25 cheque has been sent to the family. People have also given equipment including a walking frame and buggy.
Raffle tickets are available from 01933 318845 and will also be on sale in Budgens supermarket, College Street, Rushden, on Friday and Saturday, January 23 and 24, from 10am to 4pm.
l Tickets are also on sale for the Valentine's ball, being held at the Windmill Club, Glassbrook Road, Rushden, on Saturday, February 14, from 7.30pm