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Bookmaker Paddy Power sponsors confessional box

Jockey Frankie Dettori tries out new confessional at Newmarket
Jockey Frankie Dettori was the first to use the confessional box

An Irish bookmaker has paid £10,000 for a new confessional box at a Catholic church in Newmarket after he was approached for a donation.

Father Michael Griffin of Our Lady and St Etheldreda Church said: "Some bright spark started to ring around anyone who sounded vaguely Irish or Catholic.

"Paddy Power was captivated by the thought of a new confessional box."

Father Griffin said everyone "liked a flutter" and gambling was only a sin if it left a wife and family without food.

The priest said that the person who made the call knew Paddy Power was the name of a betting shop chain but was surprised when Paddy Power himself answered the phone.

Paddy Power Sin Bin

Father Griffin said that the church had been trying to raise a total of £65,000 for renovations, which also included a new altar and font.

The rest of the money raised has come from legacies.

Jockey Frankie Dettori unveiled the new confessional box, which features a small plaque with the words: "The Paddy Power Sin Bin".

Paddy Power said: "From our point of view it's a great fit to sponsor a confession box in a church nestled in the galloping heart of British horse racing.

"We hope that, over time, confessing your sins in the Paddy Power confession box will become a tradition for Newmarket race-goers."

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