Fundraising effort continues for Hartlepool miracle twin Archie Garthwaite

Paul Atkinson (left) and Archie Garthwaite. Picture by FRANK REID

Paul Atkinson (left) and Archie Garthwaite. Picture by FRANK REID

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Fundraising efforts to change the life of a Hartlepool miracle twin are set to continue in the New Year.

The family of little Archie Garthwaite who suffers from cerbral palsy, will continue their fundraising eforts in the New Year in the hope to send him abroad to undergo pioneering surgery.

(left to right) Mike Benson with Harley Garthwaite, Hayley Kennedy and Paul Atkinson with Archie Garthwaite. Picture by FRANK REID

(left to right) Mike Benson with Harley Garthwaite, Hayley Kennedy and Paul Atkinson with Archie Garthwaite. Picture by FRANK REID

Miracle twin Archie and his brother Harley were born 17 weeks early in 2012 - making them the most premature set of twins in the country to survive when they were born weighing less than 2lb each.

Archie, who underwent open heart surgery at just two weeks old after doctors found a hole in his heart, now needs more surgery in America to help him walk.

Mum Hayley Kennedy, from Irvine Road, Hartlepool, launched a campaign called ‘Please Help Me Find My Feet’ to raise £50,000 for an operation which could help Archie walk independently.

So far the family have raised around £2,650 towards the surgery through fundraising events and local businesses have also got on board.

Paul Atkinson (left) and Archie Garthwaite. Picture by FRANK REID

Paul Atkinson (left) and Archie Garthwaite. Picture by FRANK REID

The latest fundraising effort came from staff at Catcote Road MOT Centre in Hartlepool.

The garage staff, whose ages range from 19 to 60, raised £2,000 after they embarked on the challenge of growing beards in November through sponsorship and customer donations.

The garage decided to get on board with the appeal after garage manager Paul Atkinson was touched by Archie’s story.

Mike Benson, family friend, said: “We’re really pleased we have raised this much and the lads at the garage are over the moon and are on about doing it next year for Archie.”

(left to right) Mike Benson with Harley Garthwaite, Hayley Kennedy and Paul Atkinson with Archie Garthwaite. Picture by FRANK REID

(left to right) Mike Benson with Harley Garthwaite, Hayley Kennedy and Paul Atkinson with Archie Garthwaite. Picture by FRANK REID

The family are now keen to find another backer for the appeal to get behind Archie’s cause and help fundraise.

Mum Hayley said she was delighted with how the fundraising was going and hoped new fundraising events planned for the New Year would help bring in the remainder of the funds.

“Archie is doing really well,” Hayley said.

“People have really come together and it is amazing what they have done. People have helped who don’t even know him and it is great to know that people are there to help us.”

(left to right) Mike Benson with Harley Garthwaite, Hayley Kennedy and Paul Atkinson with Archie Garthwaite. Picture by FRANK REID

(left to right) Mike Benson with Harley Garthwaite, Hayley Kennedy and Paul Atkinson with Archie Garthwaite. Picture by FRANK REID

The next fundraising event will be a clairvoyant evening with Peter Crawford at the Rovers Coyote Club in Hartlepool on February 10.

To donate visit: https://www.gofundme.com/wu4d947c