Nikita Jade Disability Fund

Raising money for a special girl

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Parents' tough challenge for Nikita

Posted on June 16, 2005 at 4:40 AM

16 July 2005

THE parents of a three-year-old girl with cerebral palsy are to scale a mountain to raise £2,500 for her development.

 

Nikita Ray, of Grafton Road, Rushden, was born with cerebral palsy and microcephaly, which means her head is too small and her brain develops at a slower rate than normal.

 

Nikita cannot sit up unaided, but after two weeks of intensive treatment at the Bobath Centre for children with cerebral palsy in London, she has made significant progress in her posture and movement.

 

The 2,500 course was paid for by the local health authority but it is unlikely they will fund it again next year.

 

So mother Trudie, 41, and her sister Rita Page, 51, will be climbing Mount Snowdon in September to raise money towards another course.

 

They will be joined by Nikita's father Malcolm and Mrs Page's husband Barry as team leader in attempting to climb the highest mountain in England and Wales, which is 3,560ft high.

 

Mrs Ray said: "We have got to do whatever we can to help Nikita.

 

"We are not very fit so it is a massive challenge for us. But if we raise the money, it will all be worth it."

 

Mr Ray said: "Nikita has come on 100 per cent since going to Bobath. It would be smashing to raise the money for her to go again."

 

Nikita touched the hearts of ET readers last year when they raised several thousand pounds for a specialist wheelchair.

 

She has been unable to use one yet, but the money in the Nikita Jade Disability Fund has helped buy specialist equipment including a fully equipped sensory room, physiotherapy bench and various communication aids.

 

Anyone wishing to sponsor the climbers can e-mail their details and the amount to nikitajade@ntlworld.com. Sponsorship forms are also available to sign in George Alan Menswear Ltd and the ET office, both in High Street, Rushden.

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