Nikita Jade Disability Fund

Raising money for a special girl

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Nikita's plight touches all ages

Posted on February 26, 2004 at 3:30 AM

26 February 2004

FUNDRAISING for little Nikita Ray has reached more than £3,300 thanks to generous neighbours and students.


Students on the BTEC First Caring course at Tresham Institute, St Mary's Road, Kettering, raised 78 through a series of events in aid of the two-year-old, who has cerebral palsy and microcephaly.


And Pearl and Cecil 'Nobby' Bacon, who live next door to Nikita and her family in Grafton Road, Rushden, have given them 500 towards the appeal, while another donation for 250 has also been given, bringing the current total to 3,328.


Nikita's parents Malcolm, 50, and Trudie, 39, joined forces with the ET last month to launch an appeal to raise at least 5,000 for a specially adapted wheelchair for her.


Mr Ray said: "We would like to thank everyone very much because we know what hard work it is to raise funds.


"For the students, who we have never met before, to do this is very special to us, and our neighbours have been extremely generous."


Course tutor Sue Hunter said: "I think they have all done really well."


Mrs Bacon, 63, said: "We thought Nikita is such a lovely little girl and we know the money is going to a good cause."


Other fundraising efforts have included raffle tickets, a Valentine's Day Ball at the Windmill Club, Glassbrook Road, Rushden, and collections in various shops and outlets.


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 account number 81414682 and sort code 40 39 15.


For more information about the appeal call 01933 318845 or e-mail

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