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|Posted on February 10, 2004 at 3:30 AM|
10 February 2004
LITTLE Nikita Ray, who needs £5,000 to buy a specially-adapted wheelchair, has celebrated her second birthday.
The ET joined forces with Nikita's parents last month to launch an appeal to raise the cash for a wheelchair for Nikita, who was born with cerebral palsy and microcephaly.
This means her head is too small and her brain develops at a much slower rate than usual. She is unable to sit up or put any pressure on her legs and has to undergo hours of physiotherapy everyday.
A special party was held for Nikita at the Rowan Gate School in Wellingborough.
Mother Trudie, 39, who lives with husband Malcolm, 50, in Grafton Road, Rushden, said: "There was a special cake for Nikita and all the children sang happy birthday to her.
"We are busy arranging a Valentine's Day fundraising party at the moment. There are still some tickets left."
So far 1,500 has been raised, with a further 72 being raised by collections in the Family Choice store in Queen's Street, Rushden. A teacher at Denfield Park Junior School, Rushden, has given 20.
The Valentine's party is being held at the Windmill Club, Glassbrook Road, Rushden, on Saturday from 7.30pm. Tickets are 5, including a buffet, withd entertainment from singer Ronnie Hall.
l Cash or cheques to the appeal can be paid into the HSBC Bank, 37, High Street, Rushden, NN10 0QE, or payment can be made by card to the Nikita Jade Disability Fund, quoting the account number 81414682, sortcode 40-39-15. For more information