Brownies cook up a fundraiser for twins

Emma and Katie pictured with their mum Caroline (back centre) and the brownies.
Emma and Katie pictured with their mum Caroline (back centre) and the brownies.

A group of Brownies are holding a craft fair this weekend to help disabled Lancaster twins Katie and Emma Sutcliffe.

St Bernadette’s Brownies organised the event after learning about Katie and Emma, who are trying to raise £85,000 to pay for pioneering surgery in America.

The 15-year-olds suffer from spastic diplegic cerebral palsy and need wheelchairs to get around.

The treatment could mean the twins – who attended St Bernadette’s Brownies themselves as youngsters – are able to walk unaided for the first time.

Backed by the Guardian, the Twins Appeal has so far raised more than £30,000.

The craft fair is being held at St Bernadette’s Church in Bowerham Road, Lancaster, on Saturday, October 20 between 11am and 3pm, and Brownies’ regional president Suzie Reynolds of Leighton Hall will be attending in the morning.

Entry is free and the fair will have a selection of craft stalls showcasing the best of local artisans’ handmade work alongside other local businesses.

There will be 16 stalls selling a range of handmade items such as sock monkeys, soap, felted items, fabric gift, photographic prints, ceramic goods and jewellery.

The Brownies are running a homemade cake stall and have made bird feeders to sell. For youngsters there will be facepainting, mini manicures, Guess the Name of the Teddy, a children’s tombola, and a Prize Every Time draw.

There will be a Grand Prize Raffle with prizes including a Kindle with accessory pack donated by local firm ShadowCat Marketing, a photography session with Heysham-based BOKEH photography and a year’s gym membership at Lancaster gym The Muscle Factory among many others.

There will also be a raffle to win an iPad (donated by BT), for which tickets are available on the day for £5 each.

Refreshments have been donated by Warburtons, Booths, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Brades Dairy and Greenhalghs.

The Brownie pack’s assistant Guider Emma Maudsley said: “Emma and Katie were Brownies at St Bernadette’s when they were younger and the current Brownies wanted to do something to help them reach their target.”

Tomorrow, Friday, a group of boys from Katie and Emma’s school, Our Lady’s Catholic College, are doing a sponsored head shave and leg wax in support of the appeal in school.

Last Friday, friends and family raised £870 through a collection at Sainsbury’s.

They were helped by 10-year-old Cameron Redpath, who also suffers from cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair.

The twins’ mum Caroline said: “We would just like to thank Sainsbury’s for allowing us to collect there and for the support from the public, and would also like to thank the people who came along and collected on the day for the appeal.

“Mainly though I would like to thank Cameron Redpath, a family friend.

“I am sure that if it hadn’t been for Cameron we would not have raised that much money on the day.”

Thanks also go to Marian Love from VVV fitness centre and her Zumba class, for donating money from a class.