Fundraising to help Hartlepool ‘miracle’ twin Archie off to a flying start

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Fundraising to help Hartlepool ‘miracle’ twin Archie find his feet has got off to a flying start - but more donations are needed to deliver the life-changing surgery.

A pioneering operation abroad could change the life of record-breaking Hartlepool twin Archie Garthwaite, three, who has been left with cerebral palsy after he and his brother Harley were born 17 weeks early.

So far generous individuals have raised around £570 for Archie to undergo a £50,000 Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) operation abroad to help him walk.

Now people are being urged to back a string of fundraising events to boost the cause.

Lifestyle Fitness gym at Jacksons Landing is backing the appeal by holding a fundraising day October 17 from noon.

On October 30, a UB40 tribute act will perform at the Rovers Quoit Club on Easington Road from 7pm.

A winter wonderland event will be held on December 10 at the Rovers Quoit Club and spiritualist Peter Crawford will give readings next February 12, also at the Rovers Quoit Club. Timings are to be confirmed.

Mum Hayley said: “We are really grateful to those who have donated - some are people we don’t know from Adam who have came forward and I think that is really nice. If the community comes together to help us it will really make a difference.”

Little fighters Archie and Harley 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 gruelling open heart surgery at just two weeks old, with Harley following two weeks later.

Last month parents Hayley Kennedy, 23, and Billy Garthwaite, 24, launched a fundraising campaign ‘Please Help Me Find My Feet’ to raise the vital funds needed to send Archie to Seattle in America to undergo the pioneering surgery.

But the clock is ticking as the operation is most effective in children aged between three and five.

So more generous donations are needed to reach their £50k target before the 24 months are up.

Archie is now on the waiting list for the operation abroad and is also waiting to hear whether the NHS will be able to provide it for him in the UK first.

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