Volunteers set for charity walk

PUBLISHED: 15:00 10 August 2001 | UPDATED: 15:16 03 March 2010

A FLOOD of readers are preparing to put their best foot forward in aid of autistic twins Kate and Samuel Horsfield.

Page 11 lead with pic . . . .By Amanda Cresswell

A FLOOD of readers are preparing to put their best foot forward in aid of autistic twins Kate and Samuel Horsfield.

Touched by their plight, 60 people so far want to join the ten-mile Disability Care Enterprise sponsored walk, while others are organising fund-raising events for the three-year-olds.

The Evening Star revealed how the twin's parents, Peter and Samantha, face paying a staggering £60,000 over the next two years to pay for the twin's intensive therapy.

The sponsored challenge – on Saturday August 25 – will be led by Evening Star columnist Michael Anderton.

Star editor Nigel Pickover, a team from Audio Visual Unit of Ipswich and scores of readers will be joining the walk from Witnesham to Woodbridge on Saturday August 25.

Reader Penny Jenkins, of Robeck Road, is one of the many people who have taken up the DCE challenge.

She will also be raffling a large teddy bear to raise money for the twins at the Greenwich Community Group Fun day on the Hawk Road play area, August 11, from 12 noon to 3.30 pm.

"I know the family personally and would like to raise money for the twins," said Mrs Jenkins.

The sponsored walk starts from Witnesham Village Hall at 10 am and it is hoped to meet a target of 100 walkers on the day.

Also organising a separate fund-raising event is the Ipswich Holiday Help for Children.

They were so moved by the problems facing the Horsfield family they decided to host a fundraising event through their entertainment group, The Melody Makers.

Five singers will be featuring songs by the great popular composers of the 1930's, 1940's and 1950's on Saturday August 11 at St Augustine's Church Hall at 7.30 pm.

For tickets, priced £3, telephone Don on Ipswich 742332, or Roma on 742693. Tickets can also be obtained on the door on the night.

Meanwhile mum of three Judy Alexander, of Monmouth Close in Ipswich, will be among those taking part in the walk and said:

"If they were my children and I needed help I hope someone would do something for me."

n If you would like to make a difference, The Evening Star is looking for even more readers to join in the sponsored walk, or firms to donate money to the appeal.

If you can help, or would like sponsorship forms, contact Evening Star Community Editor Amanda Cresswell on 01473 282369.

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