Twins’ campaign begins to wind down

The Ayley and Chloe twins committee met in the Kinloch Hotel on Monday evening. They are, from left, back - Ailsa Mackie, Colin Landsburgh and Joyce North: front - Dave Mulholland, Frazer Hirsch, Averil Fleming and Clasire Thomson. Not in the picture are Morag Laing and Jimmy Jack.
The Ayley and Chloe twins committee met in the Kinloch Hotel on Monday evening. They are, from left, back - Ailsa Mackie, Colin Landsburgh and Joyce North: front - Dave Mulholland, Frazer Hirsch, Averil Fleming and Clasire Thomson. Not in the picture are Morag Laing and Jimmy Jack.

AFTER five months of hard work and with over £130,000 raised, the campaign to help Chloe and Ayley Walk is coming to a close.

Since being launched in February, the campaign has seen Carnoustie and the wider area take the story of the three-year- old twins who both suffer from cerebral palsy to their hearts.

When Chloe and Ayley’s parents, Averil and Frazer, first started fund-raising they initially had wanted to raise the £80,000 needed to send the girls to America for surgery which will help them take their first ever footsteps.

But a massive response from the local community saw them smash their target and with the fund standing at more than £130,000 it means there will also be cash available to pay for the twins’ aftercare following the operation.

And with Chloe and Ayley due to start their new nursery at Carlogie Primary in the next couple of weeks, and Averil and Frazer due to marry in October, the decision has been taken to start winding the campaign down.

Averil told the Guide & Gazette: “We are now winding down the girls’ campaign as we are well over the amount of money we started out to raise.

“We have a couple more events left and then after that we just plan to hold one big event every year.

“The support we have had has just been amazing and we have been so overwhelmed and we just want to say a big thank you to everybody.

“I have had so many tears over how generous people have been.”

To assist Averil and Frazer in the fund-raising, a committee group was formed to help organise the many events that have been held in Chloe and Ayley’s honour.

And their mum added she can’t say thank you enough to each of the members.

Averil said: “People might think we have organised everything on our own but we have so many people who have helped us.

“They all have full-time jobs and have worked very hard for the girls and we can’t thank them enough.”

By the end of the month the Help Chloe and Ayley Walk fund should have a final grand total of the amount raised and also a date from St Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri for when the girls can have their surgery.

The procedure they will undergo is called selective dorsal rhizotomy and aims to repair damaged nerve endings.

In the past month, the first selective dorsal rhizotomy took place in the UK in Bristol and Averil says they are pleased to hear that other children may not have to travel to America in the future.

She added: “We are fully supportive of the operation being made available in this country.

“Unfortunately for the girls there is an age restriction and they are too young so that is why they need to go to America for the operation.

“Hopefully we will get a date for the surgery around Christmas time and in the meantime our Facebook page will still be running for people wanting updates on the girls.”