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Holbeach St Johns church fundraiser leads to Judy getting on her bike

COVID-19 has left Holbeach St Johns church in dire need of funds - and its treasurer is ready to take on a challenge to bring the money in.

Judy Jeffries, who lives in the village, will be tackling a cycle ride to raise funds which she hopes will help to make up the losses caused by lockdown difficulties.

On Sunday, September 20, Judy will travel 41 miles around South Holland, passing 13 churches along the way on her ‘baker’s dozen’ ride.

She said: “By the end of the year I think we will have lost around £2,500 so, as treasurer, I thought I need to get on my bike and do something to raise some money.

“I wondered how we could raise money to keep the church solvent and keep socially distanced and then the idea of the cycle ride came up.”

Fundraising events organised to benefit the church, such as parish lunches, have not been able to take place this year due to restrictions in place as a result of coronavirus.

However, Judy hopes that her challenge will encourage people to dig out their wallets.

She said: “The parishioners have been really good and have been paying money in.

“We have a good record of paying our parish share - which is paid to the Diocese annually - we’ve never not paid it and if we don’t something I don’t know where we will be.

“We really want to keep our record as it’s a great achievement.”

Judy, who turns 70 years old next year, will start her ride outside Holbeach St Johns church and will pass churches in Whaplode Drove, Holbeach Drove, Gedney Hill, Sutton St James, Tydd St Mary, Long Sutton, Gedney, Fleet, Holbeach, Whaplode, Moulton and Moulton Chapel before returning home.

She said: “I’m quite excited and I’ve enjoyed practising so far - I’ve always enjoyed cycling but it’s quite a distance!”

To sponsor Judy, call her on 01406 540246 or email j.jeffries2@sky.com

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