CARNOUSTIE twins Ayley and Chloe Hirsch are one step closer to their target total following a surprise donation last week.
On Thursday, charity Child Link called Averil Fleming, the girl’s mother, out of the blue and told her that they would be donating £10,000 to the fund.
Averil was dumbstruck: “The lady on the other end of the ‘phone told me that I was speechless.
“I was ecstatic when I heard. Both Frazer and I are really happy with the news.”
Averil quite rightly corrected the Guide & Gazette when it was suggested that the end was in sight, she said: “The end is near, yes, but this is not the end.
“The £80,000 covers the cost of the operation, the flights and the accommodation while we’re there.
“As for how much the after-care will cost? How long is a piece of string?”
After the operation, the girls will need a great deal of physiotherapy, and as the NHS can only provide so much, Averil and Frazer will have to meet the cost of expensive private sessions.
Averil said: “Physiotherapy will form a very big part of their recovery. At the moment we are looking at sending Ayley and Chloe to a rehabilitation centre in Nottingham for three to four weeks if we can afford it.
“Anything over the £80,000 is a bonus as far as we are concerned, and we are both so very grateful that we have got this far.”
On Friday, a full house at the psychic night in Allstars, organised by Jane Dawson, raised an amazing £1,200.
Tomorrow (Saturday) is a busy day for fund-raising with a five-a-side football tournament kicking off at 2 p.m. at Carlogie Park, Carnoustie.
Organised by Gordon Harris, the 16 teams will fight it out for the top spot before heading to the Kinloch Arms for a barbecue and to meet the girls.
At the same time, the Carnoustie unit of Tayside Fire and Rescue will be holding their annual fun day followed by a party at night to celebrate their 50th anniversary with a disco buffet at the Royal British Legion Scotland. All proceeds will go to the twins’ fund.
On Sunday, Ayley and Chloe celebrate their third birthdays, and if fortune is kind, they may have reached the total needed for their operations by then.
Dad Frazer will join his Nan who is 70, and another nine brave souls in a sky dive on Sunday morning.
On Monday night Angus Christie and Ronnie Ferguson on behalf of Carnoustie Dominoes League presented the twins with a cheque for £530 at the Stag’s Head.
The money came from their own fund-raising efforts, and included £200 from the management of the Stag and £100 from brewers Belhaven.
The total pot as it stood at time of going to press was just over £72,000.