Fun day adds £2,500 to teenagers’ total

Emma and Katie with mum Caroline, dad Wayne and Steven Hall from Britain's Got Talent.
Emma and Katie with mum Caroline, dad Wayne and Steven Hall from Britain's Got Talent.

Torrential rain failed to dampen the spirits of everyone who turned out to support Lancaster twins Katie and Emma Sutcliffe at their family fun day.

The event supported the Twins Appeal, which aims to help raise £85,000 towards pioneering treatment in America for the girls.

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

Together with their family and backed by the Lancaster Guardian, the twins, who live in Scotforth, hope to raise the money needed to have operations which could help them walk unaided for the first time.

The appeal has raised more than £21,000, with the help of more than £2,500 raised at last Sunday’s fun day.

Katie and Emma, along with mum Caroline, dad Wayne and 11-year-old brother Ciaran, joined in the fun at the event at the Vale of Lune Rugby Club.

Activities included stalls, raffles, a bouncy castle and entertainment from Britain’s Got Talent finalist Steven Hall and local girl group Dalton.

Caroline said: “The day went well, despite the weather, which was so bad that we had to cancel all the events outdoors. But we had all the stalls inside.

“Steven Hall from Britain’s Got Talent was hilarious, and we had a great DJ called Dancing DJ Lee.

“All these people offered their services free, which we are so grateful for.

“I want to say a huge thank you to all the people involved: the fund-raising committee for their help and support, Dalton girl group for being absolutely fantastic – Emma even sang with them – Steven Hall, and to everyone who came and made the effort for my girls.”

The day raised £1,100 on stalls, and local artist Mal Snape raffled an artwork commission, which raised £1,400.

Caroline added: “We are so grateful to him for doing this, considering we didn’t even know him, he is a friend of a friend.

“We also had some beautiful cakes made by a local lady, who again we don’t know, for the cake stall, and fantastic support from all the people present.

“The steward and stewardess of the Vale, Derek and Alison, were also amazing, letting us have the use of the room entirely free.”

This weekend, a charity rock and roll event at The Commodore Club in Heysham will support the Twins Appeal on Sunday, September 23. Eddie and the Sunbeams will perform music from the 50s and 60s.

There will also be a barbecue, karaoke, raffles and evening entertainment. Admission is free, and doors open at noon.

A Where’s Wally pub crawl is being held on Saturday, September 29, in Lancaster to raise awareness of the Twins Appeal.

The event starts at Yates’s at 7.30pm with a free buffet, and will call at V Bar, Mint, Dalton Rooms, Fibber McGees, Bentleys and Hustle.

There will be raffle prizes, as well as a prize for the best fancy dress.

For more information about taking part, contact