Music until midnight hits the right note

Staff from Lancaster Farms Young Offenders Prison, governors Steve Lawrence and Garry Bird, prison officers John Bouskill and charity rep Carl Smith, health and safety clerk, Debbie Bouskill, hand over cheques for �6,592 from a sponsored walk (including �2,000 from the Prison Service) and �1,425 from a lock up where the governors spent a night locked in a cell for The Twins Appeal. Accepting the cheques are katie and Emma Sutcliffe with their brother Ciaran.
Staff from Lancaster Farms Young Offenders Prison, governors Steve Lawrence and Garry Bird, prison officers John Bouskill and charity rep Carl Smith, health and safety clerk, Debbie Bouskill, hand over cheques for �6,592 from a sponsored walk (including �2,000 from the Prison Service) and �1,425 from a lock up where the governors spent a night locked in a cell for The Twins Appeal. Accepting the cheques are katie and Emma Sutcliffe with their brother Ciaran.

A day of music is being held in a city centre pub this weekend to help boost funds being raised for disabled Lancaster twins Katie and Emma Sutcliffe.

Backed by the Guardian, the 15-year-olds are aiming to raise £85,000 to pay for life-changing surgery in America.

The girls suffer from spastic diplegic cerebral palsy and need wheelchairs to get around.

The treatment could see them walk unaided for the first time.

On Saturday, the all day event (from 1pm until midnight) will include: Bill & Phil Jazz, ARK, Glyn Shipman, DJ Gecko, Graham Mumford, Carpe Acoustic, 10 Big Pints Disco, Alison Gardner, Caroline Vendetta, Johnny ‘CASH’ Bouskill, Dead Man’s Hand, raffles, auctions and By Jingo By Jingo It’s Simmo’s Bingo.

The twins’ mum Caroline said: “This should be a fantastic day with such a variety of entertainment. I want to thank Mark Coyle for organising this great event for the appeal.”

There are also limited tickets left for this Saturday’s boxing event, when boxing promoter Frank Harrington will fight with twice World Champion Nigel Benn at Lancaster & Morecambe College.

There will be four other fights on the night, comedy, a three course menu, an after dinner speech from Nigel Benn, pictures, autographs, auctions and raffles.

Tickets are available from Central Car and Van Sales on White Lund.

The Twins Appeal has now raised £57,000 thanks to the generous help and support of Lancaster residents.

This was helped on its way by more than £4,400 raised at a Lancaster salon’s annual charity night.

The Jo & Cass event included a champagne reception, beauty and hair demonstrations and a fashion show by Butterfly Bridal and Room 12 fashion, with entertainment supplied by the Music Spot.

Actor Tom King was there signing autographs and having photos taken, and an auction was held which included the last script Tom used as his character Carl in Emmerdale, which went for £500.

“We want to say a huge thank you to Graham and Jo for their support and for holding and organising such a successful event, and a big thank you also goes to Becki from Jo & Cass, who did most of the organising, and to all the members of staff for their support and of course to the public for attending and helping to make it the success it was,” Caroline said. Meanwhile, Lancaster Farms governors Steve Lawrence and Garry Bird were arrested and locked up for the night on behalf of the appeal.

Staff and prisoners made donations to keep them in the cells overnight, raising around £1,425, including pledges from the prisoners for £855.

Caroline said: “I would like to thank Steve and Gary for doing this for the appeal and thanks also go to Carl Smith who has helped considerably with the fundraising efforts of Lancaster Farms, and Deborah Bouskill who masterminded this great event.

“Thanks also go to the staff and prisoners of Lancaster Farm for making donations to the appeal.”

Family friend John Bouskill also handed over £6,592 to the appeal, raised from the Round of the Four Passes walk, which was undertaken in September by a group of 32 people including the twins’ dad Wayne, family, friends and a large number of prison service staff.

This amount includes £2,000 from the Prison Service Charity. Again, Caroline said a massive thank you to John and everyone who took part and donated.

“It’s a phenomenal amount of money and will make a huge difference,” she said.

Caroline’s sister, Trish Edmondson, and friend Ross Spence hope to raise more than £3,000 from a cycle and run they completed last Sunday from Barrow to Lancaster, finishing at Dalton Square, where Katie and Emma and family and friends waited to meet them.

Caroline said: “I am in awe of Trish and Ross’s achievements and can’t thank them enough for doing this amazing challenge for the Twins Appeal.

“I would like to thank all the family and friends who came along to meet Trish and Ross at the finish line outside the Borough Club, and also want to say a big thank you to 
Hannah and Martin from The Borough, who made a delicious selection of sandwiches and chips for everyone, free of charge, and also to all the staff of The Borough who were so welcoming and helpful, and helped to the day a massive success.”