THE PARENTS of Carnoustie twins Chloe and Ayley Hirsch have expressed their deep gratitude over the efforts of their neighbours, writes Johnston Ralston.
In addition to all the individuals and groups which have raised money, they would like to highlight the crucial role of their committee group which helped organise the core of the ‘Help Ayley and Chloe Walk’ campaign.
Mother Averil Fleming said: “We are so very grateful for all the help that we have been given. We really can’t thank everyone enough.
“It’s amazing to see our neighbours and friends enjoying themselves at these functions, it is just really brilliant to see.
“When this is all over I’ll have to have the biggest thank-you party, I’ll probably have to hire somewhere the size of Murrayfield.”
The ‘Help Ayley and Chloe Walk’ committee is made up of volunteers who have since become firm friends during the five months of the campaign.
Averil and her partner, Frazer Hirsch, act as presidents, while Jimmy Jack is chairman. Dave Mulholland is in charge of the campaign’s Facebook and Twitter pages, while also co-ordinating the activities of charity United For All, which also supports the twins’ campaign.
Colin Landsburgh of Carnoustie Spar, Ailsa Mackie and Claire Thomson are responsible for event organisation and have been involved since the beginning coordinating all the functions, events and presentations.
Perhaps two of the most important roles are played by Joy North and Morag Lang, who are treasurer and secretary respectively. While one looks after the money the other makes sure everything runs smoothly and is properly advertised.
Averil said: “These people have dedicated so much of their time to helping us, they deserve a huge thank-you for all their efforts.”
She said that she also wishes to thank all of the businesses and pubs in the town which have gone above and beyond to do their part for Ayley and Chloe.
Averil went on: “Every one of the pubs in Carnoustie has done something for us, whether it’s displaying one of our collection tins or hosting a function.
“A special thank you needs to go to the Kinloch Arms and Jonathan McInally. He has been a star letting us hold our meetings there, holding race nights and providing food and so on free of charge.”
Since the fund smashed the £80,000 target set in February Averil says the committee members have been gradually winding things down, but people are still holding fund-raisers all the time.
On Saturday a ceilidh at Carnoustie Golf Club raised £1,600 and a cheque for £900 was presented to the family on Sunday on behalf of the charity boxing show organised by Doug Ford and Scott Cooper.
Tomorrow (Saturday) the family travel to Bellahouston in Glasgow to take part in a three hour mass zumbathon which will see around 400 people dance themselves fit for charity.
Averil added: “I’ve kept all of the clippings and pictures because when they are older I want Ayley and Chloe to look back and see what everyone has done for them.”
At the time of going to press the ‘Help Ayley and Chloe Walk’ fund total stood at a little over £126,000.