Nikita Jade Disability Fund

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Panto's for Nikita's fund

Posted on May 27, 2013 at 5:05 AM

08 December 2009

Families in Rushden are being invited to a pantomime to help raise funds for a girl with a brain disorder.


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 collect thousands of pounds for the Nikita Ray Disability Fund.


Now, her parents Malcolm and Trudie are to stage a pantomime production of The Three Musketeers to give something back to all those who have helped them with fundraising.


Mrs Ray said: "We felt we had asked people to raise funds so many times and we wanted to give something back and thought we would have a go at putting a show on.


"Everyone loves a panto and it will not only be good fun but will help raise funds to help Nikita. Last year Nikita's treatment cost just under 4,000 and she has come on with her communication and movement because of it.


"As a family it is very frustrating knowing there are treatments out there and not being able to afford them so we really appreciate people's help as it means we can offer our daughter the best treatment possible."


The Ray family is hoping to raise 4,000 for Nikita's ongoing treatment by staging the pantomime and so far preparations are well under way.


The show was due to be staged in November, but one of the cast members had to drop out when he moved to London.


It took time to get everything back on track, but with the scenery finished and half of the costumes already made, the family is looking forward to putting on a great show.


Mrs Ray added: "I think it is going to be great fun for every age group and just a good family show so we hope people will come along."


The performances will take place on Friday, January 29, and Saturday, January 30, at 7.30pm at the Park Road Baptist Church in Rushden. Tickets cost 6 for adults, 3 for children and 15 for a family of four.


These can be bought from the George Alan shop in High Street, Rushden, or by calling 07905032312.

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