Substantial boosts for twins’ operations fund

A total of �1210 was presented in Burnside School on Friday morning to Ayley and Chloe Hirsch. A staggering �900 was from the Mother and Toddler group after their recent sponsored toddle and �310 from the school Easter Service collection handed over by some of the primary 7 children.

A total of �1210 was presented in Burnside School on Friday morning to Ayley and Chloe Hirsch. A staggering �900 was from the Mother and Toddler group after their recent sponsored toddle and �310 from the school Easter Service collection handed over by some of the primary 7 children.

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CARNOUSTIE twins Ayley and Chloe Hirsch celebrated another milestone in their campaign with a series of events and fund-raisers organised by the folk of Angus.

Sunday represented the 110th day of the campaign and, with the current total standing at over £55,000, it means that more than £500 has been raised every single day.

James Cameron, Barry Hogg and Tony Lindsay raised �1700 from the last show and the cheques were presented in the Webster Theatre on Thursday afternoon. Pictured are, from left, back - Carol Smith �200 Cancer Research, Neil and Karen Kirkland �500 Cat's Protection and Dougie Birse �500 Alana Birse Trust: front - Audrey Hood theatre operations manager, Ayley and Chloe Hirsch with mum Averil Fleming �500, Mr Cameron and Lilly Hirsch.

James Cameron, Barry Hogg and Tony Lindsay raised �1700 from the last show and the cheques were presented in the Webster Theatre on Thursday afternoon. Pictured are, from left, back - Carol Smith �200 Cancer Research, Neil and Karen Kirkland �500 Cat's Protection and Dougie Birse �500 Alana Birse Trust: front - Audrey Hood theatre operations manager, Ayley and Chloe Hirsch with mum Averil Fleming �500, Mr Cameron and Lilly Hirsch.

The web page for the twins also went live this week, with help from Wendy Sutherland of Activ Web Design, who created the website at www.helpayleyandchloewalk.co.uk.

The website features updates on the latest charity events, information about the girls and their condition and a fund raising thermometer showing the latest total.

On Friday morning a presentation was made at Burnside Primary School in Carnoustie where the Mother and Toddler Group handed over a cheque for £900 raised during a sponsored ‘toddle’ around the school.

The primary sevens also handed over their own cheque for £310 collected during their Easter service.

Averil Fleming, the girls’ mother said: “I was absolutely amazed that the sponsored toddle raised so much, and it was their own idea for the children to donate the money from the Easter service.

“It was a lovely presentation from them both, and we would like to thank everyone for that day.”

The A92 Vespa Club also held their own charity night in the Black Watch Club in Dundee and presented a cheque for £1,200 to the girls at the Old Brewhouse in Arbroath on Saturday morning.

Averil said: “We met the guys with their scooters at the Brewhouse for the presentation and had tea and sandwiches. It was a lovely afternoon, apart from the rain!”

Tonight (Friday) in the Allstars function room Edinburgh psychic Jane Dawson will be giving readings, some tickets are still available and can be bought at the door for £10.

This weekend Co-op stores from Brechin to Ballater, 16 in total, will be holding their own variety of fund-raising events for the girls.

Averil said: “Each store will be holding things like raffles and other stuff they can do in the shop. They all have their own ideas, so it’ll be interesting to see what they come up with.”

The events are being co-ordinated by Michael McArthy, general manager for the area, and are scheduled to run for the whole weekend.

Averil, Frazer, Chloe and Ayley would also like to thank everyone who has been kind enough to lend their help to the cause.

She said: “We really want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has helped us.”

In a surprise move, ChildLink, has pledged £10,000 to the fund, raising the total to over £70,000.

Read more on this next week.