Busy week for twins

CARNOUSTIE twins Ayley and Chloe Hirsch had yet another busy week of fund-raising, as their total rose well above the £50,000 mark, writes Johnston Ralston.

On Thursday, enterprising children from Carlogie Primary School presented the twins with a cheque for £233.01 after they organised and ran their own charity fun day.

The girls did their own advertising and visited each classroom to publicise their event and invite pupils along.

On Sunday afternoon, the twins, and their parents, Averil and Frazer, were joined by well over 100 charitable souls in a sponsored walk over the Tay Bridge and back.

Averil believes that over £1,000 was donated, although until all the money has been collected, she cannot be sure.

She said: “We all had a fantastic time, the girls, me, everyone. It was a really good walk, and again I am amazed at the support we’ve been getting.”

The twins also received a generous cheque from an unexpected source in a presentation on Thursday afternoon.

James Cameron presented the girls with a cheque for £500, part of the proceeds from a charity evening of mediumship last week.

The all-male team of James, Barry Hogg and Tony Lindsay put on the show at the Webster Memorial Theatre, Arbroath, to raise money for local causes.

The trio raised a total of £1,700 to split between deserving charities, alongside the Hirsch twins.

Angus South MSP Graeme Dey has also pitched in to help, starting a parliamentary motion in Holyrood congratulating all those involved for their hard work.

He said: “I was delighted to see that the Ayley and Chloe Fund struck the £50,000 mark, and I just wanted to make sure parliament recognised the tremendous fundraising efforts in some way.

“Hopefully the motion before MSPs will increase interest in the campaign to get the twins to the USA.

‘The local response which we have seen so far has been fantastic, and demonstrates just how generous the people of Angus are.”