Girls closing in on fund target

Katie (left) and Emma Sutcliffe.
Katie (left) and Emma Sutcliffe.

An appeal which aims to help disabled Lancaster twins Katie and Emma Sutcliffe to walk unaided continues to receive support from generous people across the district.

Katie and Emma suffer from spastic diplegic cerebral palsy and need wheelchairs to get around.

They are hoping to raise £85,000 for specialist treatment in America which could see them walk unaided for the first time.

Backed by the Guardian, they have now raised more than £77,000 towards their appeal, and Lancaster residents are continuing to help.

Today, Thursday, family friend Andy Tate and his friends are doing a sponsored swim at the university, and the Sutcliffe family will be cheering them on from the side of the pool.

Lancaster University Cricket Club is holding a fundraising event for the appeal at Revolution on Friday, March 8.

Local girl group Dalton will be performing on the night, and there will also be belly dancers, a raffle and auction with, a DJ, music until late and drinks offers.

Tickets cost £5 (£3 in advance with NUS/Purplecard) from Facebook (, or, from or by emailing or calling Revolution on 01524 60851.

Family friend Sheena Pinder is holding a race night at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary Social Club, also on Friday, March, 8.

Anyone who would like tickets for this should contact 07890 028729 as tickets will not be available on the door.

St Bernadette’s Primary School in Lancaster is holding a sponsored readathon, with the children planning to read as many books as possible for the appeal.

Meanwhile, another family friend, Andy Williams, who began a sponsored diet for the Twins Appeal on January 4, has planned a celebration evening for the end of his diet on March 23.

Andy weighed 23 stones at the start of the diet, and will be in the Bowerham Hotel for a final weigh-in, where people can try to guess how much weight he has lost for a cash prize.