July 30, 2018
Hundreds of people across the county are preparing to take part in the biggest national fundraiser for churches on Saturday September 8, and there’s still time to get involved.
Ride+Stride is an opportunity for individuals, friends and families to get on their bike, horse or scooter, walk or drive between churches, raising money through sponsorship for a great cause.
Sponsorship is split between each participant’s chosen church or charity and the Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust (GHCT).
Glenn Duff, Regional Organiser, has mapped every church in GHCT’s area online at ghct.org.uk/ride-and-stride/map. “We’re asking churches to let us know when they will be open, to help people plan a great day out exploring some of the area’s most interesting buildings. Supporters can visit one church or 100 – and there are prizes for the highest fundraisers.”
Last year a record 541 people took part in Ride+Stride in our area, raising almost £50,000. The Trust was able to award £150,000 in grants to 42 churches to help pay for urgent repairs, maintenance and improvements.
Ride+Stride participant Fen Marshall said: “I really enjoyed the ride in 2016 so I had another go in 2017 with some friends, cycling 45 miles between 17 churches and chapels. If we’d stopped and chatted with everyone we met we’d never have finished in the day! Ride+Stride is a great way to enjoy the local countryside and visit churches you might never get around to seeing.”