Nikita Jade Disability Fund

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Panto show to thank community

Posted on May 27, 2013 at 4:55 AM

09 July 2009

The family of a young girl who has a brain disorder are hoping to give something back to the community which has helped her over the past three years by staging a pantomime.

Seven-year-old Nikita Ray, of Rushden, was born with cerebral palsy and microcephaly, which means her brain develops at a much slower rate than normal.

In 2004, the Evening Telegraph launched an appeal to help her family raise money for a wheelchair and since then readers have helped raise thousands of pounds for the Nikita Ray Disability Fund.

Now, her parents Malcolm and Trudie want to give something back to the people who have helped them. Instead of just appealing for funding they will be putting on a production of The Three Musketeers.

Mr Ray said: "For many years, we have been asking for money for Nikita's fund and not giving anything in return so we thought we would put on a panto and give something back.

"We want to make it really fun and get the crowds involved so we thought The Three Musketeers was the perfect production.

"The funding we receive is invaluable to us. We wouldn't survive without it. We just want to let people know how grateful we are by doing something for them they can enjoy."

They are looking for four men and two women to take on the main roles and act as stand-ins.


Volunteers, who should be over 17, are asked to get in touch with Nikita's family as soon as possible so auditions can be completed this month and rehearsals can begin in August.


The Ray family is hoping to raise 4,000 for Nikita's ongoing treatment by staging the pantomime.


Three performances of the family show will be held at Park Road Baptist Church Hall in Rushden on November 20 and 21.


To volunteer for the show, call Mr Ray on 07733 625176.

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