Note: This article and photos in the linked page address themes which some readers may find upsetting.
Update (19/03/2021): A rep for Nikki Grahame has confirmed she is entering treatment for her battle with anorexia from March 22. A statement (via Metro) read: "Nikki would like to thank each and every single person for their kind and generous donations. She has seen the wonderful messages and wishes pouring in both personally and through her Go Fund Me page and has nothing but gratitude.
"On hitting the Go Fund Me target last weekend those close to her started the long, and at times difficult, though always productive process of finding Nikki the best possible facility and care she requires. Due to the incredible donations received we're pleased to report that a private facility which is able to admit her has been found and her road to recovery will begin from Monday."
It continued: "Though we know, since many people have been instrumental in enabling her access to the facility and help, they want to know details of this, in the interest of Nikki’s safety and privacy for the time being particulars of this recovery will be kept private. When the time is right Nikki herself, will be able to share the finer details of the process, her progress and where the incredible donations are going."
Original story (13/03/2021): Rylan Clark-Neal and former Big Brother housemates including Glyn Wise and Pete Bennett have shown support by sharing a donation page set up for Nikki Grahame as her battle with anorexia has developed more severely.
Nikki has spoken previously about her lifelong battle with the eating disorder, and, with her permission, her friends have set up a GoFundMe page out of concern for her current condition.
The donation page can be found here. Please be aware it contains images of Nikki that some readers may find extremely upsetting or triggering.
The page reads: "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.
"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 Priory or a similar alternative facility alongside meticulous private therapy. The above treatment and facility costs £25,000 per month and we believe this is her only option to provide the care and life saving treatment she needs."
Rylan Clark-Neal, Glyn Wise and Pete Bennett are among the Big Brother stars who have posted about the fundraiser and shared their support for Nikki. At the time of writing, the fundraiser has gathered over £45,000 of its £50,000 goal.
Wise shared: "Please – to all the Big Brother UK family and friends out there, can you please help Nikki Grahame in any way? Prayers and hugs for you Nikki. I truly believe in the power of prayer – thanks everyone."
A representative for Nikki told Metro: "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 GoFundMe 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."
Beat (www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk) promotes awareness and understanding of eating disorders. The charity now has a one-to-one secure messaging service. Its phone helpline for those aged 18 and over is 0808 801 0677, and there's also a dedicated Youthline for those under 18 – 0808 801 0711.
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