Support Ride+Stride 2020
by Nick Perry
The annual Ride+Stride for Churches event takes place between 10 am and 6 pm on 12th September when participants will raise sponsorship by walking, cycling, and riding horses, tractors, etc to visit churches across the country. Details of this national event can be found at www.rideandstrideuk.org.
In Notts, the event is organised by Nottinghamshire Historic Churches Trust (NHCT), and churches are urged to take part in some way. In ‘normal’ years, many churches are open to visitors, providing refreshments and ‘comfort stops’ for participants. This year, sadly, most will probably be closed to visitors but will provide a sign-in form for participants at the gate. We expect that all of the churches in our parish (including the ruined church of St Mary) will be taking part in the event. Participating churches can receive 50% of the sponsorship raised by riders/striders who nominate them, and the other 50% is used by the Trust to support churches with grants for repair and restoration.
If you would like to take part please contact the Ride+Stride Administrator for Notts, Margaret Lowe, on 07757 800 919 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to the Trust’s website www.nottshistoricchurchtrust.org.uk.
In 2019, I participated in the event and cycled to 41 churches on the day, raising over £600 in sponsorship for the cause. This year, subject to any changes in Government regulations, I hope to take part again and would very much value your support in the venture. With limited opportunities for meeting face-to-face, it may not be possible to complete an old-fashioned sponsor form in person, but you could visit my JustGiving page or contact me using my details on the Who’s Who page. Charity donations, including to NHCT and individual churches, have been badly affected by Covid-19 so any help you can give would be much appreciated.