Disabled Lancaster twins Katie and Emma Sutcliffe have been filmed talking about their condition and fund-raising appeal in a bid to raise awareness of their plight.
Family friend Kamilla Sparks Elliott made a YouTube video of the 15-year-olds, who suffer from spastic diplegic cerebral palsy and need wheelchairs to get around.
They are hoping their Twins Appeal – which is backed by the Guardian – will raise the £85,000 needed for specialist treatment in America which would change their lives, enabling them to walk unaided for the first time.
Kamilla’s video includes interviews with the twins as well as their mum Caroline, who talks about their premature birth and early years.
It features photos of the girls when they were younger and also gives details about the operation they hope to have and how people can support the appeal.
“I work with the twins’ mum Caroline and I just thought I would make a film to try to get more people aware of the appeal,” Kamilla said.
“I shot lots of footage asking them what their condition was like and what they hope for the future if they are able to have the surgery.
“They have had to be tough but it was a very emotional experience making the film.
“I think that experience made me end up making a much more emotional film than I maybe would otherwise have done.”
To watch the twins’ video, go to www.lancasterguardian.co.uk.
Meanwhile, a charity Rock ‘n’ Roll bash at the Commodore Club in Heysham, on Sunday, raised £550 for the Twins Appeal.
Local band Eddie and the Sunbeams entertained the crowds, while there was also a barbeque, karaoke and evening entertainment.
“A brilliant day was had by all,” Caroline said.
“I would like say a big thank you to Eddie and the Sunbeams, who were fab, and to Butch and Margaret Palmer for doing the karaoke for us, and to Andy’s Cheesy disco, for being great fun.
“I would also like thank all the staff, members and committee of the Commodore club for supporting us, and allowing us to hold this fund-raising event.
“A big thank you also goes to all those people who donated raffle prizes, in particular EK Brakes, who donated some wonderful prizes.
“I would also like to thank The Farm Shop from Lancaster Leisure Park for supplying pies and pudding for the event free of charge, and those Twins Appeal committee members who supported the event.”
The appeal has so far raised more than £23,000.
Caroline added: “We are all so thankful to all the people who have, and are, supporting us, however big or small.
“It is really touching and heartwarming for the family that people want to help us, and we are so grateful to each and every person.”
A ‘Where’s Wally’ pub crawl is being held on Saturday, to raise money for the twins and awareness of their appeal.
The event starts upstairs at Yates’s, at 7.30pm, with a free buffet, before calling at V Bar, Mint, the Dalton Rooms, Fibber McGees, Bentleys and Hustle.
Katie and Emma will be present at the start of the night to judge a fancy dress competition.
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Other fund-raising taking place includes ongoing dog walking by Katie and Emma’s cousin, Charlotte Hudson.
Yesterday, Wednesday, family friend Pat Small swam a mile at Lancaster University for the appeal.
Local man Michael Waiting decided to donate his proceeds from the Chester Marathon on October 7 after seeing a Twins Appeal poster in the pub.
Also on October 7, family friend Jennifer Murphy is holding a story-time for Under-7s from 4.30-6pm at St Bernadette’s Church social area in Lancaster.
There will be stories, crafts and dance. Entrance is £2.50, including a drink and a biscuit.