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Blues back charity walk

PUBLISHED: 14:38 18 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:26 03 March 2010

THE Super Blues have kicked-off the run-up to a sponsored walk in aid of autistic twins Kate and Samuel Horsfield with a message of good will.

Town manager George Burley sent words of support to trekkers after he heard about the plight of the Ipswich twins.

THE Super Blues have kicked-off the run-up to a sponsored walk in aid of autistic twins Kate and Samuel Horsfield with a message of good will.

Town manager George Burley sent words of support to trekkers after he heard about the plight of the Ipswich twins.

The letter was addressed to all walkers and read: "I understand you are about to embark on a ten-mile sponsored walk in aid of Kate and Samuel Horsfield and I just wanted to send best wishes from all the players and staff at Portman Road."

Scores of readers are taking part in the trek from Witnesham to Woodbridge on Saturday, August 25, in aid of the three-year-old's of Camden Road.

It is being jointly organised by The Evening Star and Disability Care Enterprise (DCE) who are helping to raise funds for the twins.

The walk comes after people read how the twin's parents, Peter and Samantha, face paying £60,000 over the next two years for their children's intensive therapy programme.

Burley's letter continued: "We will be busy preparing for our challenge of the day – the game against Charlton Athletic and although both events will continue in almost any weather we do hope for sunshine and a light cooling breeze! With our best wishes and good luck."

It is just one week to go to the walk and already the response has been incredible!

Big hearted readers have flooded The Star hotline with inquiries after the twin's plight tugged at people's heart-strings.

People of all ages are set to join the hike including 78-year-old John Egan, of Wolsey Gardens, Felixstowe, and his wife Patricia, 72.

John joked: "I just hope I can complete the walk at my vintage!"

Another from Ipswich, who didn't want to be named, has single-handed raised £300 in sponsorship money for the event.

The twin's parents, Peter and Samantha, are looking forward to doing the walk and were delighted with the response.

"To have 100 walkers is a big target, but there have been so many people interested. It is absolutely fantastic.

"If we reach the target and raise £5,000 on the day it means that we can carry on with the programme until the end of the year," said Mr Horsfield.

Leading the walk will be Star columnist Michael Anderton, who will be joined by Evening Star editor Nigel Pickover, the Horsfield's, DCE representatives, readers, and a team from the Audio Visual Unit of Ipswich who supported the fund raising Press Ball held at the County Hotel, Copdock, in June.

Mick Parker, marketing director of Audio Visual Unit, said: "The team at AVU are all involved in this year's ten mile romp to Woodbridge and hope to raise invaluable funds to help the Horsfield family in their brave fight to improve the quality of life for their wonderful twins.

"We know that every single penny that we raise goes straight to the cause – that thought will help, particularly when we're soothing blisters at the end of the day."

Already 70 people have taken up the gauntlet and are interested in joining the walk – but we are appealing for even more to follow suit.

The walk starts at 10 am from Witnesham Village Hall and ends at Woodbridge Railway station.

nIf you would like to make a difference and help the twins contact Community Editor Amanda Cresswell on Ipswich 01473 282369, or e-mail her at amanda.cresswell@ecng.co.uk for sponsorship forms.

If you are a business and would like to make a donation to the cause, telephone the above number.

Or to show your support just turn up on the day.

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