Andy loses pounds to boost twins’ bid

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Lancaster man Andy Williams boosted an appeal to help disabled twins Katie and Emma Sutcliffe by more than £1,000 – by shedding pounds of his own.

Andy’s sponsored weight loss raised more than £1,100 after losing almost four stone in three months.

He announced his achievement in his local pub, the Bowerham Hotel, on Saturday night.

Andy also shaved off his beard, with encouragement from his sister, on the night to raise further money for the appeal.

The money raised brings the Twins Appeal to more than £83,000 so far.

The cash will go towards pioneering treatment for the 16-year-olds, who suffer from spastic diplegic cerebral palsy and need wheelchairs to get about.

It is hoped the surgery will help the girls to walk unaided for the first time.

Their mum Caroline said: “We want to say a huge thank you to Andy for his brilliant efforts for the girls, and to all those people in the Bowerham and beyond for sponsoring him!

“Also a big thank you to the Bowerham Hotel for hosting this event, and for holding a raffle also for the appeal.”

Alan Gregory, who completed a 4km Fun Run challenge over the Christmas period with his father John, confirmed this week that the last of the pledges were finally in, and they raised a grand total of £2,507 for the Twins Appeal.

Caroline said: “I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to everyone for their donations and support – it is very much appreciated.”

In addition, 15-year-old Rose Fraser, one of Emma’s friends, is holding a cake sale at Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School this week.

“Many, many thanks to Rose for doing this for the appeal, and to everyone in and around Lancaster for their continued support,” Caroline added.