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This page details some of the ways that you can help us in addition to taking part in Ride+Stride of course!
As a region, we manage to raise alot of money consistently year on year to keep up with the ever-increasing demand for grants. The more money we raise, the more church projects we can support. Rather than try to get even more from those churches that are community-spirited enough to help us raise money, we would far prefer to increase the number of fundraising churches and there is alot of scope to do this (there are over 450 churches that do not support us financially). One County Organiser sitting in an office somewhere is not going to turn this around without help. We need people who are dedicated to this charity’s goals to volunteer to take a geographical area and help push us forwards in our goal to get more churches fundraising. The Spring Newsletter (1st Edition) in the Document Library gives the details of last year’s level of fundraising per district. The link above tells you more.
Map #3 on our map page shows all of the churches we know about that do not have a Local Organiser yet. If you have any connection with that church, we could really use some help to get in touch with them, promote Ride+Stride and identify someone there to contact your County Organiser to come on board. See the link above.
Map #1 on our map page shows ALL of the churches we know about in our region, whether they take part in Ride+Stride or not. Your County Organiser would appreciate some help looking for missing churches on that map so if you live in a small village somewhere, there is a reasonable chance w emight have missed your church, please tell us. It would also be helpful if you could check the exact position of as many churches as you know because some of them (especially those amongst other buildings that do not look like churches from above) are hard to locate confidently.
Looking ahead, if we are successful in attracting more churches into Ride+Stride and we cannot go online to be more efficient, we could have a real challenge. The event date is more or less fixed and so is the end of the church financial year. Those 3.5 months may sound like plenty of time to process all the remittance and sponsorship forms and instruct our treasurer on what to pay but it isnt, especially when forms are late in. The problem is that forms need to be processed when valid and before that, they need to be validated. Forms can be validated and processed in parallel but with only one person, they have to be done one at a time and this uses up valuable time. In the end, what we may need is one or two very accurate people to validate forms in parallel while the County Organiser is processing validated forms. This would maximise our throughput. Logistically, it could be tricky but first, we need to identify any people prepared to start to learn the system and maybe help improve it!
We provide thousands of pounds in grants every year to maintain churches throughout Gloucestershire, but we can only do that with your continued support. Please help us continue our vital work.
To create your own JustGiving Fundraising page, visit the JustGiving page on this website (off the Ride+Stride menu item).
Text GHCT17 £10 to 70070 to donate £10 to GHCT. You can donate £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 only. Vodafone will reply with a link to a form to add Gift Aid or a message. You may be charged for the text message(s). See www.vodafone.co.uk/about-us/just-text-giving/donors/ for help. Please report any issues.
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