Nikita Jade Disability Fund

Raising money for a special girl

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It's panto time for Nikita, Oh yes it is!

Posted on May 27, 2013 at 5:10 AM

27 October 2011

Cinderella, the Ugly Sisters and Robin Hood are among a cast of hilarious characters who will be raising funds for a disabled youngster.

They promise laughs and family fun in the show Cinderella and the Pantomime Thief, a spoof on the fairytale favourite which is being staged to raise cash to help young Nikita Ray.

The nine-year-old has dystonic quadriplegia cerebral palsy and a number of other conditions which means she is unable to stand, crawl, talk or feed herself.

Her parents Trudie and Malcolm, of Grafton Road, Rushden, are planning to send Nikita to the Bobath Centre in London in January for an intensive two-week physiotherapy course. They need to raise £850 to cover the cost of the £3,800 course and the family’s travelling expenses to London.

Mr and Mrs Ray will be playing the Ugly Sisters in the panto, which they hope will help them reach their target.

Mrs Ray said: “The panto is absolutely hilarious and will be great fun for all the family.”

The show is being staged at Park Road Baptist Church in Rushden on Friday, November 25, and Saturday, November 26.

Doors open at 7pm on both days and the fun starts at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £4 for adults, £3 for concessions and £10 for a family ticket. There will be no admission charge for the under-fives.

The panto has been directed by former professional actor Mark Neale. Mrs Ray said: “A couple of years ago we staged a pantomime called The Three Musketeers to pay for Nikita’s treatment. “It was a great success but this time, with Mark’s wealth of talent and experience, we’re hoping the show will be even better. The cast is people from the church and others in the town who have kindly volunteered to take part.”

Thanks to treatment at the Bobath Centre Nikita is making progress.

Mrs Ray said: “The therapy has been invaluable. Nikita can now roll over which means she has some independence when playing on the floor. She can sit up unsupported for a short while and is learning to make choices between objects.”

Tickets for the panto are now on sale at Heavenly Cuppa in High Street, Rushden.

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