Couple from Asfordby Hill near 100K fundraising mark

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A remarkable couple whose twin sons have cystic fibrosis have raised almost £100,000 for a national charity committed to improving the lives of sufferers and their families.

Nigel and Natasha Roberts have raised £98,250 since their identical twin boys, Oliver and James, were diagnosed with the condition shortly after they were born in 2003.

The couple, from Asfordby Hill, and friends organised a host of fundraising events last year including a Party in the Barn event in June which raised a huge £14,500, beating the previous year’s total.

Over £2,500 was also raised for the trust when a dress rehearsal for the Christmas pantomime of Puss in Boots was held in December at the Little Theatre in Leicester.

Natasha said: “My parents work at the theatre and said we should ask to use the performance for our fundraising. We were successful and sold tickets for £10 on the night.

“We’re very pleased with the total raised so far and would like to thank all our friends and family who helped us sell tickets and who give us on-going support.”

Instead of buying presents at Christmas, the Roberts family ask for donations for the trust - although the boys are an exception to that selfless tradition.

Natasha added: “Since the boys were born we buy each other a £1 gift. This year we managed to donate over £400 at Christmas and since 2003 we’ve raised about £6,000.”

The couple are taking a break from fundraising this year but have already thought of ideas for events in 2016.

Nigel, said: “The work this charity does to help treat this life-threatening illness is very important. It doesn’t get the coverage it needs but we live with it day in and day out.

“We’re taking a break this year but we’re already thinking of fundraising opportunities for a big push in 2016.”