LANCASTER twins Katie and Emma Sutcliffe are more than half way to reaching their target to fund life-changing treatment which could help them walk unaided.
The 15-year-olds suffer from spastic deplegic cerebral palsy and need wheelchairs to get around.
They are hoping to raise £85,000 to pay for pioneering operations in America which could see them walk unaided for the first time.
Thanks to generous support from people in the Lancaster district, the total raised so far now stands at more than £44,000.
Recently donated money includes £500 from pensioner Doug Hodgson, who contacted the Sutcliffes after reading about the twins in the Guardian.
John Hegarty, cousin of the twins’ mum Caroline, has worked hard recently for the appeal, and is donating more than £1,000.
And the John O’ Gaunt Liberal Club in Prospect Street raised £2,140 for the appeal at their annual charity night.
And the fundraising events keep on coming to help the appeal:
* Tonight, Thursday, Jo & Cass are holding their annual charity night in aid of the appeal, and also, Melody Cottage choir, which Emma is part of, are holding a charity concert at Kirkland and Catterall Memorial Hall, and Emma will be singing a solo.
* Tomorrow, Friday, the governor and a senior manager of HMYOI Lancaster Farms will be arrested and locked up for the night on behalf of the Twins Appeal. Staff and prisoners will be able to keep the governors locked up in a cell all night with all money raised going to the appeal.
* This Sunday, Caroline’s sister Trish Edmondson and work colleague Ross Spence are cycling from Furness General Hospital in Barrow to Westmorland General Hospital in Kendal and then running to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. If people wish to sponsor them online they can go to http://www.justgiving.com/thetwinsappeal, stating that it’s for the sponsored cycle and run. The run will finish in Dalton Square, and the twins will there at the finishing line to meet Trish and Ross, and The Borough Club have kindly donated food for the participants and family members after the event.
* Family friend Kath Dean has organised a Pampered Chef night on Monday, November 19, to be held at St Bernadette’s Social Area. Entry is £2 and tea/coffee and cake will be served. There will be raffle prizes and a Ready, Steady, Cook challenge, starting at 7pm.
* On November 25, due to popular demand, there will be a second fundraising Zumbathon at Lancaster University Sports Centre. It runs from 1pm until 4pm and people can do as much or as little as they want. Tickets are £7 which also includes entry in. If you require a ticket, please call 07890 028729.
* On December 1, Coastal Boxing Promotions are holding a boxing event, featuring Nigel Benn, who will be coming out of retirement to fight Frank Harrington. There will also be four other fights, a sit down meal, a comedian and an after dinner speech by Nigel Benn. For tickets, which are £70, please call Frank on 07789 261768.
* Also on December 1, from noon onwards, there will be a day and night of entertainment in the John O’Gaunt pub in Lancaster, including several bands.
* Local woman Jan Urey is doing a 10km Mud Challenge on December 1. Jan decided top donate the money she raises to the appeal after reading Emma and Katie’s story in the Guardian.
* Tesco in Carnforth are also kindly raffling a Christmas hamper for the Twins’ Appeal.
The twins’ mum Caroline said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to all the people who have and are supporting our appeal. We are overwhelmed by people’s kindness and generosity...it’s astounding what people have done and are doing for us!”