A Saints star has helped raise £10,000 for Niamh’s Next Step after 12 months of fundraising to mark his testimonial year.
Paul Diggin, known as Digger, chose the charity after hearing about it from fellow Saints man Lee Dickson, who is a patron for the charity alongside Ben Foden.
The awareness and the money raised is just brilliantChris Curry
Digger, who joined the Saints in 2003 and scored more than 60 tries in the black, green and gold, held numerous fundraisers during his testimonial year, including a match which saw the return of Saints’ favourites Bruce Reihana and Budge Pountney.
The game was one of several events where fans showed their support to raise funds in memory of Niamh Curry, who lost her fight with the childhood cancer neuroblastoma aged just five in May 2012.
Niamh’s dad Chris Curry of Wellingborough said: “We have just found out that Paul Diggin is donating £10,000 to us, it’s incredible.
“It’s a fantastic amount of money and it’s nice that the Saints’ supporters all put their hands into their pockets and supported us.
“The awareness and the money raised is just brilliant.”
Chris added: “Paul comes along to all our events and he’s become a good friend.
“I know the charity means a lot to him.”
Speaking ahead of his testimonial year, which took place during the 2013-2014 season, Paul said: “When choosing my testimonial charity I thought I would go down the route of supporting a local Northampton charity.
“Often local charities are overlooked in favour of larger, more well known charities.
“After speaking to Lee Dickson, he told me about Niamh Next Steps, a local charity that would be grateful of the support of my testimonial year.”
Paul is now an academy coach for Northampton Saints.
For more information about Digger’s testimonial year, go to www.diggertestimonial.com.
For further details about the work of Niamh’s Next Step, go to www.niamhsnextstep.com.