The parents of twins Ayley and Chloe Hirsch watched with pride this week as their dream of seeing them walk into school came true.
Averil and Frazer Hirsch were at Carlogie Primary School, Carnoustie, on Tuesday for their daughters’ first day of primary schooling, which also happened to be the culmination of a whirlwind two years of fund-raising, hard work and a controversial operation.
The twins, who captured the hearts of many in Carnoustie and the surrounding area, were born with cerebral palsy, which caused them severe developmental issues.
After fund-raising for just over a year the Hirsch family were able pay for a selective dorsal rhizotomy and intensive physiotherapy which has seen them come on in leaps and bounds.
Mum Averil said: “That was our goal throughout all of the fund-raising, for them both to walk into school.
“To see Chloe in her walking frame is amazing as we were told that she would never walk.
“We are really very pleased with the support of the Carnoustie community and further afield. We can’t thank everyone enough for their generosity, care and support.”
Averil continued: “We’ve separated them so they could have their own independence, make their own friends and be their own characters, which they already are.
“It’s great to see them go to the same school I went to. Even when they were at nursery here their support was amazing.”
Proud father Frazer added: “It’s been really fantastic. It’s now important for them to keep learning and we would like to thank everyone for their generosity.”