Music nights for Twins Appeal

Alan Gregory with the twins after completing his charity walk for the Twins Appeal.
Alan Gregory with the twins after completing his charity walk for the Twins Appeal.

Two nights of very different music aim to raise money to help disabled Lancaster twins Katie and Emma Sutcliffe achieve their dream.

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

Backed by the Guardian, they are trying to raise £85,000 to pay for specialist treatment in America which could see them walk unaided for the first time.

A rock ‘n’ roll night is being held at the newly refurbished Lancaster Railway Club on February 1.

The event will include live music from Eddie and The Sunbeams and a raffle.

Local girl Ashleigh Pedder will also be shaving her entire head of hair off for the appeal on the night.

Tickets are £6 from Stuart on 07853 238705 or through the club.

And the Royal Marines Brass Band are performing in a concert at the Ashton Hall on February 8, with all funds going to the Twins Appeal.

Doors open at 7pm with the performance kicking off at 7.30pm.

Tickets costing £15 for adults and £11 concessions are available from Lancaster and Morecambe Visitor Centres on 01524 582398 or online at

The Sutcliffes also added a big thank you to many people who have recently helped boost the total raised so far to more than £70,000.

Fellow cerebral palsy sufferer Alan Gregory recently completed a 4km walk.

He finished in one hour and 19 minutes and was greeted at the end by the twins, race organiser and officials of the club, who also donated £50 to the appeal.

Alan raised more than £2,000 for the Twins Appeal, and the twins’ mum Caroline said she wanted to thank him for all the time and effort he has put into training for this event, and congratulate him on completing the walk in a much quicker time than expected.

“It was amazing,” she said. “Many thanks to all those people who sponsored Alan.”

Meanwhile, the Neonatal Unit at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary raised £42 by donating to the appeal instead of buying Christmas cards for each other.

Caroline said: “I am very grateful for their kind donation, particularly as Katie and Emma spent the first eight weeks of their lives in the Neonatal Unit at the RLI.”

Eddie and the Sunbeams sang in Marketgate Shopping Centre during the Christmas period, raising more than £400, and Marketgate Shopping Centre also donated a cheque for £200 to the appeal.

Caroline said: “Eddie and the Sunbeams were fantastic and got everybody foot tapping and singing along, and I am very grateful to the boys from the band and to all those people who donated on the day.

“I also want to say thank you to Marketgate Shopping Centre for their kind donation.”

Local hairdresser Emma Box organised a raffle of hair treatments, and raised £166 for the appeal.

Again, Caroline thanked Emma for her kindness and support.

And a day of fundraising by CLB Coopers, HSBC, Handelsbanken and Barclays raised £2,264.40.