Appeal boost from 1950s Japanese tea set

The Sutcliffe twins, Katie (left) and Emma.
The Sutcliffe twins, Katie (left) and Emma.

Antique collectors can help raise money for Lancaster twins Katie and Emma Sutcliffe after a generous local woman offered a rare Japanese tea set for sale.

Linda Lowerson owns a delicate porcelain hand painted Japanese Kutani 21 piece tea set, which was brought back from Japan in the 1950s by her father.

She is willing to sell the set, with all proceeds going to the Twins Appeal.

Backed by the Guardian, the appeal aims to raise £85,000 to help Katie and Emma get life-changing treatment for their condition.

The 15-year-old twins both suffer from spastic diplegic cerebral palsy and need wheelchairs to get around.

The pioneering surgery in America would enable them to walk unaided for the first time.

The appeal has now raised around £29,000 towards the cause.

And by buying the Japanese tea set, you could help add to the appeal’s funds so far.

It is in perfect condition as it has never been used, and consists of a tea pot, milk jug, sugar bowl, six cups, saucers and tea plates.

It is known as Geisha lithopane, as on lifting the cups the Geisha’s face appears in the bottom.

Linda, who lives in Albion Street, is asking for £50 for the tea set, and will donate all the money from the sale to the Twins Appeal.

She can be contacted on 07775 667182.

Meanwhile, Lee Wade, a firefighter who works with Katie and Emma’s dad Wayne, recently did a cycle challenge for the girls. The event, called the

Lancashire Loop Cycle Challenge, consisted of 100 miles with more than 5,000ft of climbing over the Bowland Fells, Lune Valley and Ribble Valley.

The challenge took Lee seven hours and 10 minutes, and was undertaken in atrocious weather conditions.

He came eighth out of 35 competitors and raised almost £600 for the appeal.

At the weekend, friends Yasmine Currah and Katie Prendeville both did a skydive in aid of the Twins Appeal.

The 19-year-olds, who both study public services at Lancaster & Morecambe College, took part in the event at Cockerham.

Lancaster man Michael Waiting has so far raised £130 after taking part in the Chester Marathon on Sunday.

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And an under 7s story time at St Bernadette’s Social Centre on Sunday also raised £130.

The event, which was held by family friend Jennifer Murphy, included stories, crafts and dance.

Next Thursday, October 18, Megan Callan, a school friend of Katie and Emma’s, has organised a charity gig in aid of the appeal. It’s being held at the Park Hotel, Lancaster, from 7pm to 10pm, entry is £3 and bands that are playing include Fourth Time Lucky, Ark and This Time Next Week.

Refreshments will also be served.

On Saturday, October 20, a Brownies craft fair is taking place at St Bernadette’s Social Centre. The event is from 11am until 3pm and it is being

organised by Emma Maudsley, who is Katie and Emma’s old Brownie leader.

Emma has organised some craft stalls, and also has some raffle prizes on offer, including a Kindle. There will also be football coaching outside.

And on Thursday, November 1, the John O’Gaunt Liberal Club, which is the local of Katie and Emma’s grandad, Barry Sutcliffe, is holding a charity

night for the Twins Appeal.

In addition, Katie and Emma’s cousin, Megan Sutcliffe, is holding a cake sale at Ripley St Thomas CE Academy in aid of the appeal, while their other cousin, Naomi Hegarty, has had charity wristbands made for the appeal, which are being sold in school and at other events.

“We want to say a huge thank you to all our friends and family and the public in general for supporting us,” the twins’ mum Caroline said.