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Let's do it for the sake of the twins

PUBLISHED: 12:21 21 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:21 03 March 2010

LET'S walk tall for the twins – that's the battle cry in a bid to give a lifeline to two very special Suffolk youngsters. The Evening Star is throwing down the gauntlet for you, our kind-hearted readers, to accompany us on a sponsored walk in aid of autistic brother and sister Kate and Sam Horsfield.

LET'S walk tall for the twins – that was the battle cry today in a bid to give a lifeline to two very special Suffolk youngsters.

Today The Evening Star is throwing down the gauntlet for you, our kind-hearted readers, to accompany us on a sponsored walk in aid of autistic brother and sister Kate and Sam Horsfield.

For we have joined forces with Ipswich-based Disability Care Enterprise to dedicate the annual DCE sponsored walk to the two three-year-olds who desperately need everyone's support

We are seeking at least 100 people to do an 11-mile trek on Saturday, August 25 and raise £5,000 towards the twin's vital intensive therapy.

The pair touched the hearts of readers after The Star revealed their parents, Peter and Samantha, face paying a stag

gering £60,000 over the next two years for the tots' specialist teaching.

So The Star's editor, Nigel Pickover stepped in - literally - and together with a team from British Gas and the Audio Visual Unit of Ipswich will make the trek along the Fynn Valley, from Witnesham to Woodbridge and on to Melton in aid of the twin's fund.

Mr Pickover appealed for readers to put their best foot forward for the cause and said: "It's going to be a great day out - the more people who can join us on the day, the merrier.

"Since the twins have started the Lovaas programme they have come on leaps and bounds.

"But the Horsfield's have to fund the programme themselves and face having to fork out a worrying £2,500 a month to fulfil the dream of Kate and Samuel entering a mainstream school.

"We have been really touched by their plight and that's why we want to help.

"Refreshments will be available during the walk on the day.

"There will be no race, it will all be done in good spirit and I guarantee I will be the one to finish last."

Last year's Star charity walk, in aid of Ipswich disabled girl Olivia McCarthy, raised over £4,000 towards a people carrier for this special girl and her family.

Mr Horsfield, of Camden Road, Ipswich, was bowled over by the offer and said: "It is truly amazing that The Star, British Gas and the Audio Visual Unit have offered to do this walk for us.

"That sort of money makes a life-changing difference as far as this programme is concerned.

"If the £5,000 target is reached we can confirm that the twins can continue the programme until the end of the year. It is a hell of a big weight off our shoulders.

"We want to thank The Star for highlighting our plight through The Star and at the Press Ball."

It comes after the family lost its battle with the local educational authority to pay for the Lovaas programme for the children, whose condition traps them in a world of their own.

The Horsfield twins were among the beneficiaries of last month's Press Ball in aid of DCE.

Money was raised to buy them a specialised buggy so they can go out together as a family.

nThe Evening Star is now looking for readers to join in or firms to sponsor the walk to make a difference.

If you can help contact Evening Star community editor Amanda Cresswell on 01473 282369, or e-mail her at amanda.cresswell@ecng.co.uk

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