How many churches could you visit in a single day?

Published: April 27, 2021

Bicycles lined up on the grassGloucestershire Historic Churches Trust has announced the annual Ride + Stride event will take place on Saturday 11 September 2021, assuming all goes to plan with the roadmap out of lockdown.

Ride+Stride is a nationwide event supported by the National Churches Trust and organised locally  by  the Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust (GHCT). Cyclists, walkers, and horse riders raise money by being sponsored to visit churches and chapels on any route of their choice. The money raised by Ride + Stride is then shared between GHCT and local churches of all Christian denominations in Gloucestershire and North Bristol.

Colin Senior, Chair of the Trust said: “2021 is a special year for  GHCT as we are celebrating our 40th birthday and so we are hoping it will be a record year of fundraising!’

“The charity is hoping to welcome back lots of participants who could not take part last year due to covid restrictions.  In 2020, an amazing figure of £44,000 was raised by participants despite the pandemic and unusual circumstances. Moreover, nationally, Ride+Stride raised over  £1.2million, an incredible achievement!”

GHCT has worked hard over the last 40 years to fund projects across the area and has made grants worth over £2 million for renovations and improvements to local historic buildings to ensure they are around for future generations to enjoy.

The Ride + Stride event is a brilliant way to get out to see the beautiful local churches and support this charity. Further information about getting involved in the 2021 Ride + Stride event can be found on the GHCT website at www.ghct.org.uk/ride-and-stride.

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