Girl power on track for twins

The twins at the recent Christmas Afternoon Tea. Pictured are Katie (left) and Emma Sutcliffe with their cousin Naomi Hegarty.

The twins at the recent Christmas Afternoon Tea. Pictured are Katie (left) and Emma Sutcliffe with their cousin Naomi Hegarty.

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Lancaster twins Katie and Emma Sutcliffe have been given the support of local girl group Dalton in their bid to raise £85,000.

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

They are aiming to raise £85,000 towards life-changing treatment in America, which could see them walk unaided for the first time.

Dalton have released a new CD, and are donating 40 per cent of all funds to the Twins Appeal.

CDs cost £5 each or £20 for five and can be bought from the twins’ mum Caroline or via Dalton’s Facebook page.

The Twins Appeal has so far raised more than £60,000, and money is continuing to pour in from people across the district.

A poetry evening was held at Lancaster University last Thursday by work colleagues of Caroline’s from the Department of English and Creative Writing.

Caroline said: “This was a fabulous event, and was a great opportunity to hear four writers from the department reading form their own work.

“I want to thank all those people who contributed and supported this great event, which raised more than £400, with special thanks to Prof Paul Farley who came up with the idea and Lindsey King for organising the evening.” Last Sunday, Caroline’e sister-in-law, Sandra Hegarty, held a Christmas Afternoon Tea Party at her home in Bolton-le-Sands.

Friends and family were invited to this event, where sandwiches, tea, coffee, Prosecco and a fabulous selection of cakes (made by Amanda Hegarty and Linda Griffiths) were served.

Along with the piano playing of Gill Allen and great carol singing, this made for an enjoyable afternoon, and raised more than £400. A charity Psychic Night was held at the Trimpell Club on Tuesday with medium Allan Baillie, which raised more than £300.

Caroline said: “We receive donations most weeks from people who we don’t know, but who have obviously read about us in the Guardian, and we really want to say a big thank you to those people for their kindness and support.”