Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust has announced that the next annual Ride + Stride event will be held on 10 September 2022.
Ride+Stride is a nationwide event supported by the National Churches Trust and organised locally by the Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust (GHCT). The event sees cyclists, walkers and horse riders raising money by being sponsored to visit churches and chapels throughout the day. The money raised by Ride+Stride is then shared between (GHCT) and local churches of all Christian denominations in Gloucestershire and North Bristol.
The Trust hopes that the event will be even more successful than last year when it raised £45,052. Of this total, £17000 was returned to participating churches and chapels. The remainder will contribute towards grants to local churches, chapels and meeting houses requiring urgent repairs, maintenance and improvements.
Since the Trust began in 1981, it has given out more than two million pounds in grants that have helped to keep our local, historic buildings alive for current and future generations to enjoy.
Ray Singleton, Ride+Stride Co-ordinator for the Trust, said, “We are so grateful to everyone who took part last year and it was great to have raised even more than we did in 2020. We hope to welcome more participants this September with the aim of raising another record-breaking total so that we can help even more historic buildings”.
The event is not just open to church members in the area but to anyone who would like to get out and enjoy the historic buildings Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire and North Bristol have to offer. You can take part as an individual, a family, or a team to raise money to help the cause.