A KENDAL lawn business is having a dual celebration this week after scooping a company award and helping to raise more than £20,000 for Sport Relief.

GreenThumb Kendal beat off more than 200 other branches of the lawn treatment specialists to win its ‘Franchisee Award 2013’.

Husband and wife team Gary and Karen Cothliff took over the local branch in 2010.

This year saw them achieve a 25 per cent increase in turnover.

Gary said “To be awarded GreenThumb’s ‘Franchisee of the Year’ is a real accolade and a tribute to our staff and customers, especially as the majority of our new customers come to us through recommendation.

“Great customer service has always been at the forefront of our working practises and it is great to see this paying off”.

As well as winning Franchisee of the year, Gary and Karen have also contributed to GreenThumb’s ongoing fundraising total of more than £20,000 for Sport Relief.

GreenThumb have raised money by donating £5 for every new customer that take up their service, and existing customers that upgrade to a lawn care programme.