The Annual Sponsored Ride and Stride is a national event, and every second Saturday in September cyclists and walkers 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 and 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 and Stride is run entirely by volunteers and is inter-denominational, with participants invited to seek sponsors who will undertake to pay an agreed sum of money for each place of worship visited between 9.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. on Ride and Stride Day.
The money raised by each cyclist or walker is shared equally between the Suffolk Historic Churches Trust and the place of worship nominated by the participant.
As important as the participants, are the many volunteers who give up the day to man the churches and chapels and sign in the cyclists and walkers 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, each with its Ride and Stride Area Organiser. Each parish within an area has its own Local Organiser, who will be able to supply the necessary forms. It should be possible to ascertain locally details of your own Area Organiser, who can put you in touch with the Local Organiser looking after your place of worship. If you need further assistance, please telephone or email the SHCT office.
Alternatively, you can download the sponsorship form and the list of churches open and follow the instructions in the form. After the Ride, when you have collected your sponsorship money, please hand this over to the Ride and Stride organiser for the place of worship for whose benefit you have participated, who will remit it to the Ride and Stride Treasurer, David Gould. If for any reason you are unable to make contact with the local organiser in question, please send your total sponsorship money direct to David, by cheque payable to SHCT, ensuring that you clearly identify the church or chapel you wish to benefit. David can also be contacted if you have any queries. His contact details are:
Telephone: 01473 253838
Address: 7 Karen Close, Ipswich, IP1 4LP
If you would like to use JustGiving for your sponsorship fundraising, please enter the SHCT JustGiving site here, then select “Fundraise for us” to set up your own page for the Ride and Stride. Please ensure that the place of worship you wish to benefit is clearly specified.
After Ride and Stride day please send sponsorship moneys received to your Local Organiser. If for any reason you do not know the name of your Local Organiser, please send your total sponsorship income by cheque payable to SHCT, together with details of the place of worship you wish to benefit, to the Ride and Stride Treasurer, David Gould, at 7 Karen Close, Ipswich, IP1 4LP (Tel: 01473 253838).