Help our historic church communities and join in Leicestershire’s 30th Ride+St


 

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.  Andrew Granger & Co Ltd is once again sponsoring the event, to mark their 30th year in business.

 

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.

 

“We look forward to welcoming lots of participants this year to ensure the continued success of the event.”

 

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.

“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,” added Richard.

 

LHCT Trustee Michael Taylor is also busy preparing for this year’s Ride+Stride event and standing outside St Mary de Castro Church in Leicester (which has received £10K from LCHT for the current roof repair project) with Archdeacon Richard, he said: “LCHT grant aids to churches of all denominations that are already fundraising as pump prime or top-up funds.


“Ride+Stride is now the Trust’s main source of funds so it is more vital than ever that we attract lots of volunteers to take part and gather sponsorship – and it’s a really nice day out; pootling about, having cups of tea and meeting interesting people in amazing churches.”

Lots of churches across Leicestershire will be taking part and those being sponsored can choose to take in as many as they like during the open day. It’s also not too late for more churches to get involved.

 

To register as a participant and get your sponsorship pack, or to sign your church up to take part, go to: https://www.rideandstrideuk.org/counties/leicestershire/ or email chairman@lhct.org.uk

 

If you wish to donate to LHCT Ride+Stride online, then you can go direct to their Just Giving webpage: https://www.justgiving.com/l-h-c-t

 

Local property experts Andrew Granger & Co Ltd are sponsors of the Ride+Stride event this year, the sixth year in a row.

 

2019 marks a special year for the company, which has offices in Leicester, Loughborough and Market Harborough, and Leicestershire Ride+Stride, as they celebrate a 30th anniversary and the 30th Ride+Stride in Leicestershire respectively.

 

Rupert Harrison, Director and Head of Rural for Andrew Granger & Co Ltd, said: “We feel very strongly about supporting the communities in which our offices are.

 

“We like to sponsor Leicestershire Ride+Stride because it gives the opportunity to visit historic buildings across the county, at the same time as taking in beautiful countryside, getting some exercise and having fun with the family – all whilst raising vital financial support so that the regions churches can continue to be enjoyed for years to come.”




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