The Annual Sponsored Ride & Stride is a National event and every second Saturday in September cyclists all round the country are out making money for their local county Churches Trust.
The idea started in Suffolk, and consistently Suffolk has headed the table of funds raised. The Ride & Stride is the main source of income to Suffolk Historic Churches Trust to enable it to make grants to churches and chapels of all denominations towards repair and restoration costs.
The Ride & Stride is run entirely by volunteers and is inter-denominational, with cyclists invited to seek sponsors who will undertake to pay an agreed sum of money for each place of worship visited by the cyclist between 9.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. on Ride & Stride Day. The money raised by each participant is shared equally between the Suffolk Historic Churches Trust and the place of worship nominated by the cyclist.
As important as the cyclists, are the many volunteers who give up the day to man the churches and chapels and sign in the cyclists as they arrive. Hundreds of places of worship are manned during the day and that takes quite a team of volunteers! It is a real community effort that is the lifeblood of the Trust.
Suffolk has been split into a number of areas, and is organised parish by parish through the Ride & Stride Area Organisers (each looked after by a local Ride & Stride Co-ordinator).
Telephone or e mail the office who can supply details of your Area or Local Organiser.
Alternatively, you can download the Sponsor Form and other paperwork and then register directly with the Bike Ride Treasurer, David Gould.
After the ride please send the money by cheque, payable to SHCT, together with a paying in slip giving the name of the parish you wish to benefit. It should go the David Gould at 7 Karen Close Ipswich IPI 4LP.