Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust

Roof repairs at All Saints, Cheltenham

Support us

Looking after our region's church buildings is expensive and time-consuming work. By supporting GHCT financially and/or helping us with a little of your time, you can play a part in conserving our historic churches and chapels for future generations to enjoy.

Our supporters include individuals, families, churches and businesses with links to Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire and North Bristol. Places of worship are encouraged to make an annual donation and take an active part in Ride+Stride each year. We are also happy to recognise corporate donors on our website, please contact our Treasurer if you are interested in this.

We would be grateful for your support both financially and by offering your time to help our work.

Financial Support

We are grateful for all of the financial support that we receive. It is crucial to supporting the work of the Trust. There are many ways that you can support us financially. Your support helps us directly but it can also help one or more churches if they apply for our grants; to do this, please ensure that you nominate the church or churches at the time.

Making a donation

We welcome both single and regular donations. Please complete our Donations Form and send it to our Treasurer (details on the form). You can Gift Aid your donation on the form if you wish to. Please nominate the church or churches to be given credit for your donation on this form too. If you would prefer to make a bank transfer directly, please contact our Treasurer for the reference to include on the transaction so that we can give credit to the church or churches that you wish to nominate.

Leaving a Legacy

It’s thanks to the hard work and generosity of previous generations that we’re able to enjoy the wonderful church buildings around our region. Leaving a legacy to GHCT will help that work continue so that future generations can enjoy them too. To leave a legacy, you need to update your will with clear instructions. We suggest contacting your solicitor, who will also be able to advise you about the tax advantages of leaving a charitable legacy, which could reduce your Inheritance Tax liability. Please contact our Treasurer if you are interested in leaving a legacy to us.

Offering your time and skills

We would welcome your help with any of the following.

Joining the GHCT Council

We are looking to increase our numbers with people to help us with the work of the Trust. We only meet a couple of times per year and there may be a little work between meetings sometimes but it isn’t a large commitment over the year. Please contact one of our Trustees to find out more about this.

Helping us with local publicity

We would be grateful for the help of anyone who can promote the work of the Trust, especially by helping us to recruit participants for our Ride+Stride annual fundraising event and to increase the number of churches taking part. Please contact the Ride+Stride Regional Organiser for an informal chat about it.

Being part of our Ride+Stride Event

Ride+Stride (see below) always needs more people to join the fun and we have hundreds of churches that are looking for someone to help run it locally. Please contact the Ride+Stride Regional Organiser to find out more about this!

Ride+Stride – please volunteer!

Ride+Stride volunteers at St James, Quedgeley

Ride+Stride volunteers at St James, Quedgeley

Our major fundraising event each year is Ride+Stride – a national sponsored event that takes place on the second Saturday in September. It is a fun day out supported by over 600 people each year in our region!

We have a network of local organisers in our churches. If you are interested in taking part to support your local church and us, please contact the Ride+Stride Regional Organiser to be put in touch with your local organiser. It’s an ideal voluntary project for those completing their Duke of Edinburgh award or anyone looking to get more involved in their community.

Find out more by visiting our Ride+Stride website pages.

Help us to help

We provide £150,000 in grants every year to help repair, maintain and improve the churches in our region, but we can only do that with your continued support. Please help us continue our vital work.

Our Support Us page discusses some of the ways you can consider helping us. Thank you.