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Foden: Local Charity is inspirational

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Northampton Saints have been getting behind the Childhood Cancer Awareness Month campaign this month by wearing yellow as well as supporting local charity Niamh’s Next Step.

The players wore yellow tape during the game last weekend against Wasps; yellow is the campaign’s colour and the Saints encourage all our supporters to wear yellow at Friday’s nights clash with Exeter Chiefs and show their support.

Saints also supported Niamh’s Next Step last weekend, a local charity set up in December 2012 in memory of Niamh Curry, who sadly passed away to a rare and aggressive childhood cancer called Neuroblastoma, aged just 5.

Ben Foden, Lee Dickson and Alex Waller are patrons of the charity and Saints encourage every supporter to get involved in supporting Niamh’s Next Step and Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

“I got involved with Niamh’s Next Step through Lee Dickson really,” Foden said on this week’s Saints’ podcast.

“He mentioned it to me right at the start and about wearing a band for a local charity and said check it out on their website and see what it’s all about.

“So I did that and literally a week or two later I found out that Niamh had sadly passed away but that they were going to continue to put the money they’ve already raised towards finding a cure for Neuroblastoma.

“Then I met Chris and sat down with him and he said what he’s planning to do. He didn’t want to let it go to waste, what Niamh had been through.

“He wanted to try to raise awareness about the childhood cancers and do as much charity work and fundraising, in terms of getting money together to try to find a cure and stop that happening to another family, as he could which, for me, is remarkable.

“I think what he’s doing and what Niamh’s Next Step is doing is truly inspirational. In terms of raising funds and using the legacy of a really brave and beautiful little girl they’re doing such a great thing by using her story to raise awareness and to try to stop people going through the same thing.”

To date Niamh’s Next Step is very proud to have committed over £200,000 towards various research projects, none of which would have been possible without the generous donations of the public and there is still a long way to go.

Find out more at www.nns.org.uk and check out the full interview at www.soundcloud.com/official-saints-rugby

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