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Ready for the off: Archdeacon of Leicester, the Venerable Richard Worsfold, is pictured with Leicestershire Historic Churches Trust Trustee Michael Taylor.

Pedal power boost for churches

The Archdeacon of Leicester is encouraging everyone to help those keeping church life at the heart of Leicestershire communities, by signing up for the 30th Ride+Stride.

The popular national event takes place across the county on Saturday, 14 September, and it will be the 30th time it has run in Leicestershire, raising crucial funds towards the repair and upkeep of local historic churches. 

Participants are encouraged to visit as many of the 360 churches that are taking part in the event as possible during the open day and to get sponsored for doing so.

In addition, churches can also be sponsored for welcoming visitors throughout the special day.

How visitors choose to get from church to church is entirely their choice – previous years have seen cyclists, walkers, runners, joggers, horse-riders and motor scooter drivers.

The money raised is divided half and half between the churches nominated by participants and the Leicestershire Historic Churches Trust, which awards grants to historic churches for repairs and community facilities.

Janet Arthur, Chair of Leicestershire Historic Churches Trust, said: “Since it started in Leicestershire in 1990, Ride+Stride has raised over £1,060,000 – an amazing sum which has done a huge amount of good."

Archdeacon of Leicester, the Ven Richard Worsfold, is among those relishing the prospect of a great day out getting fresh air and exercise as he travels between some urban and rural churches, finishing at St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, at about 4pm.

“I am looking forward to cycling from Leicester to Melton Mowbray for Ride+Stride. It’s a great way to get some exercise and a very important fundraising opportunity,” said Richard.

“The money from this event helps the repairs of churches across the city and county and I really want to encourage support for that because it helps all churches, especially given the challenges so many face at this time. Please do consider taking part.” 

Ride+Stride is an opportunity for you to raise funds for your church - cycle, walk, horse-ride, run, jog or drive your mobility scooter. Be a sponsored participant visiting Christian churches, chapels and meeting houses in Leicester City and County - most are open on 14th September between 10am and 6pm.

If you are interested in taking part and would like a sponsor form, please contact Brian or Marilyn Wray on 01664 565608 or email bjwray@globalnet.co.uk or collect a form from Alison in the Parish office in the Samworth Centre, Meton Mowbray. For Thorpe Arnold please contact Trish Lynott on 01664 562959.

For information about Ride+Stride click here. If you wish to donate to LHCT Ride+Stride online, then you can go direct to their Just Giving webpage by clicking here.

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The Revd Jamie Mackay

*Meanwhile, the Revd Jamie Mackay, priest for the six parishes of Harby, Hose, Long Clawson, Nether Broughton, Old Dalby and Stathern, is undertaking a five day cycle pilgrimage from 16th September around the Framland Deanery, to offer prayer for each church (56) and their communities.

Each day he will cycle from and back to Old Dalby. You are welcome to join him on the route, or for prayer at the churches, and he is also hoping to raise money for Dove Cottage Hospice (www.dovecottage.org). To download a copy of where he will be visiting and when click here and to download a  sponsor sheet if you would like make a donation click here. For further information contact the Revd Mackay on 01664 823475.

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