Walpole Congregational Chapel, Walpole
Suffolk’s Sponsored Bike Ride is part of the national Ride+Stride scheme and every second Saturday in September (in 2018, Saturday 8th September) cyclists all round the country are out making money for their local County Churches Trust.
Last year, the Suffolk Historic Churches Trust Sponsored Bike Ride raised over £137,500, with 3,000 people of all ages cycling around the churches of Suffolk – 728 of which were open and manned.
The idea for Ride+Stride started in Suffolk, and Suffolk has consistently headed the table of funds raised. The Bike Ride 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 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 the 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 their 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.
To register as a participant, for further information on what’s happening in Suffolk, or to request a sponsorship form from your County Organiser click on the link or send an email.
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