Earlier this week, a Go Fund Me page was set up, with Nikki’s permission, to help pay for specialist treatment as her battle with the eating disorder has taken a heartbreaking turn.
Concerned friends and family of the Big Brother star, 38, said she is currently in a ‘very bad way’ as she continues to battle the lifelong eating disorder.
Nikki’s loved ones explained on the Go Fund Me page that they are raising money as a last hope to afford a costly rehabilitation centre as ‘all other options have been exhausted’.
Since posting the appeal, over £47,000 has been raised to get Nikki the help she so desperately needs.
On Saturday, former Strictly Come Dancing star Vanessa generously pledged £500 in a bid to help Nikki through her battle with anorexia.
Other stars including Rylan Clark-Neal and Michelle Visage have also kindly donated £500 each to help get their pal get the much-needed specialist treatment.
The original target to raise was £25,000, but with the help of Nikki’s long-term pal Rylan, the target was quickly surpassed, and a new target of £50,000 was set.
The much-loved TV star stepped in to help the cause by sharing the link with 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,” Rylan posted.
The Go Fund Me Page featured a statement by Nikki’s friends explaining their fundraising efforts.
“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 Nikki’s 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.”
Nikki’s manager told the Mirror: “It is with sadness that we can confirm Nikki’s battle with anorexia has worsened in recent months and those closest to her are doing everything they can to assist with her recuperation, most notably in the form of a go fund me page.
“We are confident Nikki will be able to make a full recovery and she would personally like to thank everyone for their kind words, wishes, and donations today and beyond.”
*You can talk in confidence to an adviser from eating disorders charity Beat by calling their adult helpline on 0808 801 0677 or youth helpline on 0808 801 0711.
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