Splashing the cash for twins

The Swim for the Twins Team with Katie and Emma: Ben Rickhuss, Nigel Capewell, Ben Griffin, Andy Tate and David Powers.
The Swim for the Twins Team with Katie and Emma: Ben Rickhuss, Nigel Capewell, Ben Griffin, Andy Tate and David Powers.

Five friends swam the length of the English Channel in a bid to raise funds for disabled Lancaster twins Katie and Emma Sutcliffe.

Katie and Emma suffer from spastic deplegic cerebral palsy and need wheelchairs to get about.

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

The Sutcliffes have already raised almost £78,000 towards their goal.

The Swim for the Twins event took place at Lancaster University sports centre during half-term.

The five friends – Ben Rickhuss, Nigel Capewell, Ben Griffin, Andy Tate and David Powers – completed a Channel-length sponsored swim in support of the appeal. swimming 21 miles between them in a little more than 12 hours, starting at 8am and finishing at 8.10pm.

“We are very grateful to the staff at the sports centre who were very supportive throughout the day and to the people who came to cheer us on and the many others who have sponsored us,” said Andy Tate.

Caroline said: “I am in awe of the guys have done and cannot thank them enough for all their hard work and effort!”

Independent Phoenix Trader Sophie Black has donated a contribution of more than £50 from her January profits.

Caroline said: “We want to thank her for her kindness.”

Tomorrow, Friday, two events are being held in aid of the appeal.

Lancaster University Cricket Club is holding a fundraising event at Revolution. 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 (www.facebook.com/thetwinsappeal, www.facebook.com/dgirl
group or www.facebook.com/pages/LUBells/510142569030487), from www.lancsunicricket.co.uk/ or by emailing lucricket@lancaster.ac.uk or calling Revolution on 01524 60851.

And family friend Sheena Pinder is holding a race night at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary Social Club.

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

Lancaster University Dance Society will be performing their annual dance show this week on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Every year, the society chooses to hold a collection and donate the money to a worthy cause, and this year, the girls have chosen to support the Twins Appeal.

All money raised from collection buckets will be donated to the appeal.

If you would like to watch the performance, contact ludans@hotmail.co.uk.

Tickets – still available for Thursday and Friday – vary in price from £5 for concessions to £7 for adults and can be reserved for collection on the night or bought on the door.

Meanwhile, pupils at Garstang Community Academy, where Katie and Emma’s younger brother Ciaran is a Year 7, will be holding a non-uniform day on Thursday, March 28 to raise funds for the appeal.