THE FUND to help Carnoustie twins Chloe and Ayley Hirsch take their first footsteps just keeps on growing and growing.
The girls both suffer from cerebral palsy and their parents, Averil and Frazer, are trying to raise the £80,000 needed to send them for life-changing surgery in America that could enable them to walk.
In the three months since the fund started, the family have already collected a third of the total needed as events across the area are organised in their honour.
On Saturday their fund was give a double boost when they were handed two cheques from two separate events.
In the morning the Weightlifting Club at Carnoustie YMCA donated a cheque to the girls totalling £2,011.
The cash had been raised through a charity bench press and was presented to Chloe and Ayley and their mum, Averil.
Then later at Burrells Pharmacy, counter assistant Laura McSkimming handed over £700 that will be split between the twins and Montrose youngster Rhys Allan who also suffers from cerebral palsy.
Laura raised the money through a pharmacy fund-raiser and then boosted her total with charity Karaoke and a successful raffle.
And now Laura also has plans for a charity bike ride later in the year in aid of the fund.
However, the miserable wet weather on Sunday meant a major fund-raiser which would have seen a select Dundee/Dundee United side take on the Carnoustie Panumure Junior Cup winners of 2004 was postponed.
A waterlogged Laing Park pitch meant the game had to be called off but it is hoped it can be re-arranged for the summer.
This weekend more activities have been organised and tomorrow (Saturday) will see staff from the housing and social work department of Dundee City Council take part in a sponsored walk across the Tay Road Bridge at 1.30 p.m.
The council workers have chosen to raise money for Chloe and Ayley and the bridge walk leads up to their talent show performance called ‘The Starz in thir Ez’ which is being held at the Caird Hall in Dundee on Tuesday, May 24.
Organiser Joyce McIntosh said: “Most of the cast are Dundee City Council housing and social work staff with help from one or two of our Angus colleagues and friends .
“We aim to support the twins till April 2012 with various fund-raising activities.”
Anyobody interested in sponsoring the walkers or performance in the talent show can contact Joyce on 01382 775312.
Also handing over money to Chloe and Ayley were Wardykkes Primary School in Arbroath who raised £100 through a raffle.
They have also organised ‘Bingo and Balloon Night’ on June 16 at 6.30 p.m. and a donation from the money raised will also be presented to the fund.