Friends help twins’ final push for appeal target

Rhiannon Sackville-Wiggins (right) with her twin sister Amanda.

Rhiannon Sackville-Wiggins (right) with her twin sister Amanda.

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Schoolfriends of disabled Lancaster twins Katie and Emma Sutcliffe have been going the extra mile to help their friends reach their goal.

Katie and Emma suffer from spastic diplegic cerebral palsy and need wheelchairs to get around.

Backed by the Guardian, the 16-year-olds are aiming to raise £85,000 towards specialist treatment in america, which could see them walk unaided for the first time.

And they have now raised a massive £84,000, thanks to the continued support of the Lancaster community.

Rhiannon Sackville-Wiggins, a school friend of Katie and Emma’s, has been going to a lot of effort for her friends.

Rhiannon has been holding cake stalls at their school, Our Lady’s Catholic College, several times a week, with the help of her friend Rachel Bentham and her twin sister Amanda.

Rhiannon has also done a sponsored walk for the girls and recently did some bag-packing with Skerton Youth Forum at Sainsbury’s in Lancaster, which raised more than £100.

The twins’ mum Caroline said: “We want to say a huge thank you to Rhiannon for her efforts for Katie and Emma, and to her sister Amanda, Rachel Bentham, Skerton Youth Forum and to OLCC for their continued support.”

Another friend of Emma’s, Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School pupil Rosie Fraser, also held a cake stall last week with her friend Anna Stacey, and raised more than £170.

Caroline said: “A huge thank you also goes to these girls for doing this for our appeal, we are so grateful!

“Thanks also go to Linda Griffiths who has been an amazing support since the beginning of setting up the appeal, by baking the most wonderful cakes for us.

“Linda has kindly been baking again and selling cakes at her place of work and has raised a further £130 for the appeal.

“Many, many thanks go to Linda for her fantastic, continued support!

“We have also this week had donations from IT Farm Charity of £75, for which we are very grateful.”

“Again, thanks to our wonderful community for all your amazing support.”

Meanwhile, the Department of English and Creative Writing at Lancaster University is holding a fundraising Shakespeare Festival on Saturday April 27 at the Dukes in Lancaster.

The proposed event is an afternoon and evening of Shakespeare, and ties in with Shakespeare’s birthday that week.

The day will begin with a general read through of Shakespeare with cakes and books on sale from noon.

Following this, papers are to be given by academics on various aspects in Shakespeare from 2pm, ending with a performance from a local theatre group at 6pm. All money raised will be going towards the Twins Appeal.

For more information please contact Helen Davies by email at daviesh@exchange.lancs.ac.uk.