Help us raise £85k to make twins’ op dream come true

Emma and Katie Sutcliffe with their brother Ciaran, back centre, and his friends who took part in the charity triathlon.
Emma and Katie Sutcliffe with their brother Ciaran, back centre, and his friends who took part in the charity triathlon.
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The Twins Appeal has so far raised more than £10,000 from a variety of fundraising events.

The twins’ brother Ciaran helped raise more than £1,000 by holding a triathlon with a group of friends.

Pat Lashbrook who is swimming a mile to raise money for the Sutcliffe twins appeal

Pat Lashbrook who is swimming a mile to raise money for the Sutcliffe twins appeal

Held at Salt Ayre, the youngsters swam between 30 and 64 lengths, cycled seven miles and ran two miles.

In addition, 72-year-old family friend Pat Lashbrook swam a mile at Lancaster University sports centre, while her former employees at Skipton Building Society held a coffee morning at their Lancaster branch.

A successful zumbathon was held at Lancaster University at the weekend, raising £1,800 so far, and on Monday a psychic evening was held at the Vale of Lune rugby club, which brought in more than £1,000.

In addition, a mufti day and cake stall at St Bernadette’s Primary School, Lancaster, raised £600 while a cake sale at Moorside Primary School raised £70 and a cake sale at the prison raised £240. In the coming weeks the following events will also be taking place:

*A boxing event at the Winter Gardens in Morecambe on September 1 organised by Coastal Boxing Promotions is donating a percentage of ticket sales.

There will also be an auction of sporting memorabilia, raffle and collection buckets on the night. Call 07789 261768 for ticket details.

*A sponsored walk of The Walk of the Four Passes in the Lake District takes place on September 2. More than 30 walkers, including the twins’ dad Wayne, will undertake 18 miles and a 4,000ft ascent.

*A Family Fun Day at the Vale of Lune rugby club is being held on September 16 from 2pm. The event will include stalls, a bouncy castle, karaoke and refreshments, as well as entertainment from Steven Hall from Britain’s Got Talent and local girl group Dalton. Entry is free, with a charge for various facilities.

*Friends Katie Prendeville and Yasmin Currah are doing a sky dive at 
Cockerham on October 7.

*Other plans include a Hadrian’s Wall walk, a fell run, a Royal Marines Band concert at the Ashton Hall and a variety night at the Grand Theatre, as well as a ball and fashion shows.

*Local artist Mal Snape is selling raffle tickets to win a commissioned painting of the winner’s choice.

The family is also keen to hear from any local businesses that are willing to help in any way.

The twins’ mum Caroline said: “We would like to put out a request to all local businesses to please support these local girls by giving donations of raffle/auction prizes or sponsoring the appeal.

“Or we also welcome anyone who wants to organise an event themselves to raise money for the appeal; anything from sitting in a bath of beans to doing a sponsored walk.”

If you have ideas for fundraising events or would like your business to get involved, please contact Caroline at c.sutcliffe@lancaster.ac.uk.

The appeal has a registered charity number and a Just Giving website, and its Facebook page already has more than 1,350 members.

The appeal is also on Twitter and a website is in the process of being put together.

* If you are holding an event to support the Twins Appeal, please contact Gayle Rouncivell on 01524 834098 or email gayle.rouncivell@lancasterguardian.co.uk and we will print details in the paper

* You can also Tweet us details at www.twitter.com/guardiandigital using the hashtag #twinsappeal

* Donate at www.justgiving.com/thetwinsappeal

* You can also donate by contacting the Sutcliffe family on 07890 028729

* Text TWIN47£(amount) to 70070