Royston church goes for 2p world record

PUBLISHED: 11:16 17 July 2008 | UPDATED: 15:49 11 May 2010

PENNY HAPPY RETURNS: Jenny Harris of Royston Methodist Church, and independent witness Don Pointer, count the tuppences. L1200437

PENNY HAPPY RETURNS: Jenny Harris of Royston Methodist Church, and independent witness Don Pointer, count the tuppences. L1200437

A CHURCH is waiting to see if it has helped to set a new world record for collecting the most 2p pieces in two hours. Royston Methodist Church held a Tuppenny Rush coffee morning on Saturday, to raise money for children s charity NCH. More than 70 people

A CHURCH is waiting to see if it has helped to set a new world record for collecting the most 2p pieces in two hours.

Royston Methodist Church held a Tuppenny Rush coffee morning on Saturday, to raise money for children's charity NCH.

More than 70 people attended and the church collected £252 of 2p pieces, and raised £45 from sales of tea and coffee.

Royston Methodist Church steward Paul Harris said: "We were very pleased with the turnout and delighted to get that amount of money."

Several other churches in the East Anglia Methodist district held coffee mornings at the same time and now the total money raised will be counted, to see if the world record has been broken.

Event organiser Stephen Lynn said: "The total counted so far is well over £7,000.

"That is 350,000 coins which, if laid end to end, would stretch for more than 4.8 miles.

"The world record still has to be ratified as a Guinness World Record."

NCH was founded in 1869 and was formerly known as the National Children's Home.

The charity supports some of the UK's most vulnerable and excluded children and young people.

For more information about NCH, visit www.nch.org.uk.

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