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Logo design was the icing on the cake!

Double Vision: as seen in The Independent and on London ITV News
Double Vision: as seen in The Independent and on ITV London News

My sister and I were invited to take part in the press photocall to publicise the 21st Anniversary of TwinsUK, along with 5 other pairs of twin research volunteers. The event was well reported in the media, including The Independent (see full article) and ITV London News (watch video).

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My twin, Sussex Artist Margaret Turton, and I have been volunteers for over 15 years for TwinsUK, the Department of Twin Research (DTR) at St Thomas’s Hospital, Kings College London.

“We are proud to have contributed to this very important research and we would encourage other twins to volunteer. You basically get a free and thorough health check, and if anything is found that may be of concern it will be notified to your GP. This can give you an early warning of future health problems that you may be able to avoid.”

Several years ago I also offered to help them with their newsletters to the twin volunteers. I now enjoy a working relationship with the team, helping them to produce twice yearly newsletters by email and printed versions. I have also produced two leaflets for the Twin Flora Study which researches the bacteria in our guts.

Department of Twin Research, KCL, 21st Anniversary 2013
TwinsUK 21st Anniversary – winning logo and motto

Last August I entered a competition to design a logo for their 21st Anniversary celebrations. They had a good response to the competition and I am told that the entries were displayed in the DTR, with no names shown, so that the staff could vote for their top three favourites. The winning logo was selected from those three – and I was delighted to be told that my design was the winner, for which I won £50 in Marks and Spencers vouchers and a signed copy of Professors Tim Spector’s book ‘Identically Different‘!

In a separate competition, the twin volunteers were asked to write a ‘motto’ for the 21st Anniversary. The winning entry “Twinty-one years of discovery!” was written by my twin, Margaret Turton. This was completely co-incidental, the DTR did not realise the connection until we told them!

TwinsUK 21st Anniversary cake, with twins Janese and Janet, Margaret and Barbara
‘The icing on the cake’ – left to right: Margaret Turton, Janese Samuels, Janet Morgan (maker of the cake) and Barbara Pilgrim (FactorEstudio)

We were delighted to see the combined logo and motto on display at the 21st Anniversary party, and appearing on T-shirts, mugs, bags, pens and notepads. To top it all, it was also literally, the icing on the cake made by fellow twin volunteer, Janet Morgan.

If you would like to know more about TwinsUK or how to become a volunteer, please visit their website at:

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