Twins Appeal soaring

Katie and Emma with the Where's Wally? pub crawl team.
Katie and Emma with the Where's Wally? pub crawl team.
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Generous fundraisers have been holding events to support disabled Lancaster twins Katie and Emma Sutcliffe.

Katie and Emma are trying to raise £85,000 to pay for lifechanging treatment in America.

The surgery could see them walk unaided for the first time.

The 15-year-olds have spastic diplegic cerebral palsy and need wheelchairs to get around most of the time.

But the Twins Appeal – backed by the Guardian – has so far raised £25,000 and could help them see their dream come true.

On Saturday a Where’s Wally? pub crawl was held around Lancaster city centre, raising nearly £600 as well as awareness of the appeal.

Katie and Emma judged a fancy dress competition in Yates’s before those taking part visited a selection of pubs.

Afterwards, the twins’ mum Caroline said: “I want to say a big, big thank you to Ashley Ferguson and her mum Jackie for organising the Where’s

Wally? fundraiser for the Twins’ Appeal.

“Ashley spent a lot of time and effort organising this event, and we had a fantastic night.

“I also want to thank Chris from Yates’s for being so supportive and all the staff at Yates’s, as well as all the other lovely ladies who dressed up as Wally and to all my other friends who came and collected, and made the night a success.”

Meanwhile, family friend Pat Small swam a mile at Lancaster University sports centre pool last week, and has so far raised £550 on her donations page at http://www.justgiving.com/Frank-Whittle.

She aims to raise £1,000 for the twins and has been helped by Lancaster Fellwalkers, Morecambe Ramblers and WRVS.

Family friends Geraldine Caldwell and Howard Stockdale have been doing the Hadrian’s Wall walk over the last few weeks in aid of the Twins Appeal.

The walk consists of 84 miles from coast to coast and they are completing this via the Hadrian’s Wall passport scheme, which means they do it in sections and receive a stamp at every station.

They have already completed 54 miles and will complete the next 30 miles over the next two weekends.

Caroline said: “They have done this in good and very bad weather conditions and we are very grateful for their continued support and hard work. Last

Saturday they walked for eight and a half hours – respect! If people would like to sponsor them they can donate via the Twins Appeal Just Giving site quoting that it’s for the Hadrian Wall walk.”

This weekend there are more fundraising events taking place.

Friends Yasmine Currah and Katie Prendeville are doing a charity skydive on Sunday at Cockerham. The 19-year-olds both study public services at Lancaster & Morecambe College.

Yasmine, who lives in Bowerham and works at Clintons in Lancaster, said: “We don’t know the girls but have heard of their appeal and wanted to try to raise money for them.

“They are young girls and we can relate to them but we can’t begin to imagine what it’s like for them, so we would like to help out as much as we can.”

In addition, local man Michael Waiting decided to donate any money he receives from running the Chester Marathon this weekend after seeing a Twins Appeal poster in the pub. He has set up a Just Giving page where people can sponsor him at https://www.justgiving.com/runningforthetwins.

On Sunday, a friend of Caroline’s, Jennifer Murphy, is holding a story-time for the Under 7s from 4.30pm until 6pm at St Bernadette’s Church social area.

There will be stories, crafts and dance, and entry is £2.50, which includes a drink and a biscuit.