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Cycling teenage twins raise record amount for Lammas Church

PUBLISHED: 13:36 01 January 2013

Owen (left) and Ashleigh Holdsworth with churchwardens John Perkins and Georgie Graver outside Lammas Church. Picture: TIM CURTIS

Owen (left) and Ashleigh Holdsworth with churchwardens John Perkins and Georgie Graver outside Lammas Church. Picture: TIM CURTIS

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Twin schoolboys Ashleigh and Owen Holdsworth have handed over a record amount of cash to St Andrew’s Church, Lammas, after a sponsored bike ride.

The 13-year olds raised £480 after taking part in the Norfolk Churches Trust sponsored cycle ride in September. They covered 48 miles, visiting 36 churches along the way.

It has taken the brothers some time to get all the cash in – but when Gift Aid is taken into account it will be worth more than £600. The money will be shared equally between the Norfolk Churches Trust and St Andrew’s.

Churchwarden John Perkins said: “The sum they raised is magnificent and we are all proud of Ashleigh and Owen. It is an all-time record for this church.”

Although the twins did not live in the village, they were friends of many people who did which made their efforts even more special, said Mr Perkins.

They were accompanied along the way by their good friend David Goodman, who lived with his parents, the Revs Garry and Penny Goodman.

The husband and wife serve in the Bure Valley Benefice of Buxton and its surrounding parishes.

Lammas Church is asked to raise £1,500 as its annual contribution to the Diocese of Norwich, so the twins’ endeavours represented a significant contribution towards that amount.

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