Hartlepool garage’s beard challenge for Archie Garthwaite

Haley Kennedy with Harley Garthwaite and Billy Garthwaite with Archie and staff frim the AJS Catcote MOT Centre, Catcote Road, Hartlepool, where the staff are growing beards throughout November to raise money for Archies appeal.
Haley Kennedy with Harley Garthwaite and Billy Garthwaite with Archie and staff frim the AJS Catcote MOT Centre, Catcote Road, Hartlepool, where the staff are growing beards throughout November to raise money for Archies appeal.

A Hartlepool garage is embarking on a bristly challenge to raise funds for a youngster who needs pioneering surgery.

Staff at Catcote Road MOT Centre will grow beards throughout November to raise vital funds for Archie Garthwaite who suffers from cerebral palsy and needs surgery abroad in the hope that it will help him walk

Garage manager Paul Atkinson was touched by Archie’s story and decided to get on board with the appeal.

“There are around eight to ten of us who will be growing beards for Archie,” he said

“It will be the first time we have ever done anything like this.

“It takes me a long time to get a bit of stubble so it will be interesting!”

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

Archie, who undrewent 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.

His parents, Hayley Kennedy and Billy Garthwaite, from Irvine Road, Hartlepool, have launched a campaign called Please Help Me Find My Feet to raise £50,000 for an operation for an opeartion which could help Archie walk independently.

The garage staff, whose ages range from 19 to 60, have already raised £500 through sponsorship and customer donations.

“We just want tor raise as much as possible,” Mr Atkinson said.

“People can come down to the car wash to donate.”

So far a Go Fund Me page has raised £640 and the family have estimated they have raised an overall total of £2,000.

Hayley has set up a Go Fund Me Page and people can boost the cause by logging onto: https://www.gofundme.com/wu4d947c