Nikki Grahame is checking into private hospital to treat her anorexia after fans raised £65,500 to save her life

NIKKI Grahame is checking into a private hospital to treat her anorexia after fans raised more than £65,500 to save her life.

Last week, the 38-year-old star's friends revealed that she is in a "very bad way" as they asked for help from her showbiz pals to get Nikki private care.

A rep has now updated The Sun with a statement – and the TV favourite's treatment at the "best possible" facility will begin on Monday.

They shared: "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."

They added: "Though we know that 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 timebeing, 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."

The fundraiser's target was initially £25,000, with big-hearted celebs including Rylan, Michelle Visage, and Vanessa Feltz each donating £500.

Nikki's representative told The Sun at the time: “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.”

Nikki's friends desperately tried to raise the cash as they believe a specialist clinic is her "last hope".

Her pals Carly and Leon explained on the fundraiser page: "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.

"At the moment, Nikki constantly feels weak and is struggling on a day to day basis," they wrote.

"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.

Signs and symptoms of anorexia

  • if you're under 18, your weight and height being lower than expected for your age
  • if you're an adult, having an unusually low body mass index
  • missing meals, eating very little or avoiding eating any foods you see as fattening
  • believing you are fat when you are a healthy weight or underweight
  • taking medication to reduce your hunger (appetite suppressants)
  • your periods stopping (in women who have not reached menopause) or not starting (in younger women and girls)
  • physical problems, such as feeling dizzy, dry skin and hair loss

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"She has no energy and is taking each day as it comes."

Nikki has been open about her anorexia battle since finding fame in Big Brother back in 2006, releasing autobiography Dying To Be Thin in 2009.

She has been fighting the illness since she was a child, and was first admitted to a psychiatric hospital at the age of 12 following a suicide bid.

At one point, Nikki had to be force fed through a nasal tube after she starved herself.

  • For help and support on eating disorders and body image, you can call Beat Eating Disorders on 0808 201 1677 for adults, or 0808 801 0711 if you are under 18.

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