Hartlepool miracle twins’ mum renews appeal for funding

Hayley Kennedy and Billy Garthwaite with their twin sons Harley and Archie.
Hayley Kennedy and Billy Garthwaite with their twin sons Harley and Archie.

The mum of Hartlepool miracle twins Archie and Harley Garthwaite has renewed her appeal for funds to pay for her son’s life-changing operation.

Hayley Kennedy, 23, of Irvine Road, Hartlepool, is appealing for generous members of the public to come forward to help Archie’s appeal, ‘Please Help Me Find My Feet,’ which is hoping to raise £50k for a selective rhizotomy operation (SDR).

Archie, three, sufferers from cerebral palsy, and needs to undergo the treatment in America to help him walk.

Born 17 weeks early, little fighters Harley Garthwaite and his twin Archie, 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 tiny hearts.

The fundraising appeal, which kicked off last summer raised around £3,000, but now mum Hayley is looking to renew the appeal to raise the remaineder of the funds.

Recently Ste Cotson owner of the Lab Gym, in Darlington Street, Hartlepool, and Kyle Jeffries, from the town, announced they will get on board with the appeal to raise funds through a charity head shave.

Hayley hopes others may be inspired to do something similar to raise the vital cash for the pioneering surgery which would change Archie’s life.

Hayley said: “Archie’s physio has told us the cut-off point for the operation is 14 years old, so the pressure is on to raise the funds in time, as I want him to have the operation when he is younger- around five or six– so that he doesn’t remember.

“I want to give him all the opportunities other children would have.

“Every night before he goes to sleep, I say, ‘I won’t let you down Archie, I will do it for you.’

“That’s my aim, I just need to get the ball rolling again.”

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

To help organise a fubndraising event email: hayleykennedy92@outlook.com