Twin’s Appeal picking up speed

The twins with family and friends at the John O'Gaunt Liberal Club, which raised more than �2,000 at a recent charity event.
The twins with family and friends at the John O'Gaunt Liberal Club, which raised more than �2,000 at a recent charity event.

The appeal to help disabled Lancaster twins Emma and Katie Sutcliffe has now raised a staggering £53,000.

The teenagers suffer from spastic diplegic cerebral palsy and need wheelchairs to get around.

The 15-year-olds and their family are aiming to raise £85,000 to pay for life changing surgery in America which could see the girls walk unaided for the first time.

Events held over the last week have pulled in almost £10,000 for the appeal, including more than £4,400 from a charity event held by Jo & Cass and more than £3,000 from a cycle and run from Barrow to Lancaster by the twins’ auntie, Trish Edmondson, and friend Ross Spence.

In addition, relative Maria Stewart raised more than £300 for the appeal by completing the Great North Run.

And the John O’Gaunt Liberal club raised more than £2,000 at a recent charity event.

Caroline said: “I would like to say a big thank you to Derek (the club secretary) and all the members for their support.

“Derek has also said that he will carry on doing a weekly raffle in the John O’ Gaunt to raise more money for the appeal, which is fabulous.”

Melody Cottage Choir held a concert at Kirkland and Catterall Memorial Hall, raising more than £500.

Caroline said: “I want to thank Victoria Munson, who organised the whole affair, her husband Neil, the wonderful Melody Cottage Choir, and all those people who came to help and watch and donated to the appeal; it was a fabulous evening enjoyed by all.”

n This Sunday, a Zumbathon is being held at Lancaster University Sports Centre in aid of the Twins Appeal.

It runs from 1pm until 4pm. Tickets are £7 which also includes entry in to a free raffle, or people can pay at the door.

And on December 1, Coastal Boxing Promotions are holding a boxing event, featuring Nigel Benn, who is coming out of retirement to fight Frank Harrington. For tickets, which are £70, please call Frank on 07789 261768.