YOUNGSTERS were jumping for joy after raising £1,000 towards a new roof at their church.

They raised the cash for the St Philip and St James Church Raise the Roof Appeal from a sponsored 24-hour bouncy castle marathon held at the church hall in Kings Road, Fleet.

The energetic youngsters bounced in pairs for 20 minutes at a time throughout the entire 24 hours and are pictured tired but triumphant as the whistle ended their marathon bounce.

For years, St Philip and St James, or P&J as it is affectionately known, has faced an enormous problem with its roof.

The church was built in 1966 to replace the old Tin Tabernacle, which some readers may still remember.

The problem is that the wooden church heats up and cools down quickly, which leads to condensation.

Work carried out about 13 years ago solved the problem, but when the new heating system was installed it started all over again.

This time it caused extreme condensation and for some while worshippers have had to become used to droplets of water falling on their heads during the winter months.

Major work began on the roof last year and for a num-ber of months the church was closed, with combined services being held in All Saints Church, Fleet.

Since the beginning of last year, fundraising has been under way at P&J and All Saints Church to raise the £80,000 for repair and refurbishment of the roof.

Fundraising efforts have been many and varied.

Pupils at both All Saints and Velmead junior schools designed and made Christmas cards, which were then sold at each of the churches.

A mountain of cakes have been sold after services and at coffee mornings in the Hart shopping centre, while home-made jams, chutneys and runner beans fresh from the garden have all helped to swell the coffers.

Sunday lunches served in All Saints hall have also proved very popular attractions, as have the dinner parties which have been held in homes and at the vicarage.

An ambitious flower festival weekend was also a big hit, attracting hundreds of visitors to All Saints Church.