Niamh’s Next Step
2105. Chris Curry
2106. Samantha Curry
Chris and Samantha Curry, from Northamptonshire, set up ‘Niamh’s Next Step’ charity, following their daughter’s diagnosis with Neuroblastoma in 2010.
Chris and Samantha initially started fundraising for Niamh’s treatment, but Niamh passed away aged 5. The couple wanted to continue raising awareness of Neuroblastoma while helping to support other families affected by the condition, and have since raised over £1 million through fundraising events including golf days, charity balls and celebrity football events.
In 2021, Chris and Samantha opened a boutique charity shop, with the funds raised going to help children and families affected by the disease and fund childhood cancer research projects in the UK.
In a personal letter to Chris and Samantha, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said:
“I was moved to hear how you set up ‘Niamh’s Next Step’ to support other children and families affected by Neuroblastoma after you so tragically lost Niamh to the condition in 2012, when she was only five years old.
“Since then, you have launched your own charity shop and inspired many members of your community to hold their own fundraising events, together raising an incredible £1 million. This will not only make a huge difference to improve the lives of those living with Neuroblastoma, but it will also help advance vital medical research.”
Chris and Samantha said:
“We really are honoured to receive such a prestigious award, and be recognised by the Prime Minister.
“Everything we do is in memory of Niamh and we dedicate this incredible award to her.”
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