Making Strides to Save Gloucestershire’s Historic Churches

Ride+Stride, the annual fundraising event that raises thousands of pounds to help preserve church heritage will take place on Saturday 14th September 2019 from 10am to 4pm.

Organised locally by the Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust, the event involves hundreds of local people of all ages who are sponsored to travel by foot, bike, car and even by horse between churches in the area. The money raised is split between local churches and the Trust. Churches across Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire and North Bristol can apply to the Trust for grants.

Over the past 30 years, Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust has given £2,615,350 in grants to 467 churches, funding important projects including roof repairs, restorations and improved disabled access.

Chair of the Trust, Nicholas Talbot-Rice said: “Ride+Stride is a major fundraising event in our calendar at the Trust. It’s wonderful to see people coming together to have fun while exercising and raising money to look after these incredible buildings. Any church that does not take part we’d urge to join in – not only can you help your community get fit, but you can also raise precious funds.

We had a brilliant turn out last year and we’re hoping to top it this year and raise even more money!”.

Individuals can take part by being sponsored to travel between churches and churches themselves can help by providing a welcome to the Ride+Stride participants. And, there are prizes based on performance in the event, plus awards for participants and churches who raise the most money. You don’t need to go to a church to join in – many people help just to raise funds to ensure these local icons are preserved for the whole community.

To get involved speak to your local church organiser or contact us via our website.

As Nicholas Talbot Rice says: “There are countless ways to take part in Ride+Stride! If you are not sure how to join in just get in touch with your local or regional organiser or have a look at our web site. We look forward to welcoming hundreds of supporters again this year at Ride+Stride on 14th September!”