Friends of Big Brother star and Harrow resident Nikki Grahame have set up a fundraiser to help her get treatment needed as she battles anorexia.
So far, the page set up by her friends has raised an incredible £5,000 however it’s still far off the £25,000 needed.
Nikki, 38, is living in Stanmore and has been battling anorexia for a number of years. She first appeared on our TV screens back in 2006 on the 7th series of Big Brother.
She then appeared in Ultimate Big Brother in 2010 and finished as runner-up along with participating as a guest in the 16th series of the show in 2015 – over 15 years in the entertainment business.
Her friends have said that the star is in a ‘very bad way’ and that they want to help stop ‘letting this illness beat her.’
The Go Fund Me Page set up by her friends says: “We have set up this page for our very close and dear friend Nikki. As some of you may know, Nikki is battling Anorexia. She has been battling for most of her life and as you can see, Nikki is now in a very bad way so we need to do something quickly.
“Over the past years Nikkis family and friends have tried so desperately to get Nikki all the help possible through the NHS but unfortunately the treatments have failed and we have exhausted every avenue possible, and now Nik is unfortunately in a very bad way, this is now our last hope.
“This is why we feel that getting her treatment in a specialist clinic is the only option left for her.
“We are praying this gives her the chance of kicking this illness to the curb once and for all.
“At the moment, Nikki constantly feels weak and is struggling on a day to day basis. She feels trapped and really wants to get better but feels like it’s impossible. It’s heart-breaking and we desperately just want a healthy and well Nikki back with us. She has no energy and is taking each day as it comes.
“Mental health, as so many of you know, is debilitating in many ways. We want to help save our friend from letting this Illness beat her. If you are able to donate anything then we would be extremely grateful.
“Nikki has given permission for the creation of this page and is supporting it in the hope it enables her to afford the special care and treatment she desperately needs.
“We know the photos may be distressing but we felt it was important to show the severity of where Nikki is currently at.
“The basic treatment Nikki has been receiving from the NHS is simply just not working for her so her only option now is to seek expensive intensive treatment at The Prioriy or a similar alternative facility alongside meticulous private therapy.
“The above treatment and facility costs 25 thousand pounds per month and we believe this is her only option to provide the care and life saving treatment she needs.
“We are going to walk the bridges of London to help raise the money, and for anyone that would like to join us we are looking to do the walk in May as soon as lockdown allows us.
“Nikki made millions of us laugh during her happier days, now all we want is to see our Nik’s smile again.
“Thank you for taking the time to read this. We will keep you updated of Nikki’s progress on here.
“Carly and Leon x
“We would appreciate if you could please share this page as much as you can. Many thanks”.
Friend and Big Brother co-star Rylan Clark tweeted to his 1.6million Twitter followers: “This is v hard to read but sharing with permission. If some of the family could help in any way I know it would be greatly appreciated. Sending love x,”
It has been reported that both Rylan and television presenter Vanessa Feltz have both donated £500 each to the cause to help Nikki’s friends reach their original target goal of £25k.
The target goal of the campaign has now been raised to £50,000.
Just seen a Go Fund me on here for Nikki Grahame of Big Brother fame.
And as usual it disappeared mid read. The photos are painful to see. If you've EVER said " who is she ? " in the Nikki style,find the link and if you can,slip in a £ or two. Thanks. pic.twitter.com/8Ah2YCJV4d
— 💙Just Tatty 💙 (@TracieRussell12) March 12, 2021
Ex-Boyfriend Pete Bennett who also appeared in the 2006 Big Brother tweeted: “My ex @NikkiGrahame needs our help! ♡ send her some encouragement please guys to help her beat anorexia”
Friend Nadia Essex tweeted: “My gorgeous friend and Big Brother Legend Nikki Grahame needs your help. Please share, donate and support in anyway you can”
Peter Brown tweeted: “Please help @BigBrotherCA & @bbuk LEGEND Nikki Grahame, she’s really struggling right now and needs our support. She’s a wonderful, kind, generous, and brilliant person. If you can’t donate then please share, anything is sincerely appreciated. ✌🏼💙 gofund.me/601be07d “
I’ve removed the link it’s been shared now glad I could help in that small way and send all my love, understand the pictures can be stressing for some. Just shows Twitter can be a very dark place at times. Off to watch a place in the sun and clean the shower head. Stay well x
— Rylan Clark-Neal (@Rylan) March 13, 2021
Another Big Brother UK co-star, Glyn Wise tweeted: “Please – to all the #bbuk family & friends out there. Can you please help Nikki Grahame in any way. Payers & hugs for you @NikkiGrahame (I’ve had permission to share this) xx I truly believe in the power of prayer – thanks everyone. Xx”
You can help Nikki by donating at the Go Fund Me Page here.
We at Harrow Online would like to wish Nikki all the best, and we sincerely hope that this helps raise awareness so that her friends can reach their target to get her the help needed.