Hartlepool fun day raised £1,000 for ‘miracle twin’

Hayley Kennedy pictured with Archie at the fundraising event.
Hayley Kennedy pictured with Archie at the fundraising event.

A fundraising fun day has raised more than £1,000 to help Hartlepool ’miracle twin’ Archie Garthwaite to walk.

Organised by Lifestyle Fitness gym instructor Nathan Renwick, the event saw about 50 gym members and members of the public turn out to show their support.

Hayley Kennedy pictured with Archie at the fundraising event.

Hayley Kennedy pictured with Archie at the fundraising event.

Featuring fairground rides, stalls, car displays and a raffle, the day was hailed a ‘great success’ by mum Hayley Kennedy, who said the day raised £1,065.

“It went really well, “ she said.

“For a first fundraiser I thought that we weren’t going to do very well, but we did and all the raffle prizes went quite quickly.”

Raffle prizes included Monroe’s Hairdressing vouchers and Ultimate Tanning vouchers, which helped to raise a total of £560. Miles for Men also showed its support with Michael Day pledging to donate £500 to help Archie’s cause.

Hayley Kennedy pictured with Archie(centre) at the fundraising event at Hartlepool Marina.

Hayley Kennedy pictured with Archie(centre) at the fundraising event at Hartlepool Marina.

The total fundraising has now reached £1,600. The family need to raise £50,000 so Archie, who suffers from cerebral palsy, can undergo pioneering selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery abroad to help him walk.

Born 17 weeks early, little fighters Archie and Harley Garthwaite were the most premature sets of twins in the country to survive when they were born in June 2012 weighing less than 2lb each.

Archie, who weighed just 1lb 4oz, and Harley, at 1lb 6oz, clung to life despite both having holes in their hearts.

Archie underwent open heart surgery at just two weeks old, with Harley following two weeks the pair have made an amazing recovery but Archie has been left with cerebral palsy.

During the event visitors were also treated to a performance by singer Olivia Crawford and were able to take part in a yellow balloon release in memory of Jacob Jenkins.

“We can’t thank Nathan Renwick enough as he did everything in organising this event for us,” Miss Kennedy added.

“Archie is doing really well. I have no doubt that he is going to walk, but he just needs to do it in his own time and with the help of this operation. Harley is also doing well and they both love nursery.”

The next event – a UB40 night – will be held on Friday, October 30, at The Rovers Coyote Club in Hartlepool from 7pm. Tickets are £5 and can be purchased on the door. A winter wonderland will also be held at The Rovers Coyote Club on December 10 at 3pm.

To donate, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/wu4d947