Support Ride+Stride 2021
by Nick Perry
The annual Ride+Stride for Churches event takes place between 10 am and 6 pm on Saturday 11th 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 email@example.com, or go to the Trust’s website for more information.
In 2019, I participated in the event and cycled to 41 churches on the day, raising over £600 in sponsorship for the cause. The following year, I upped my game to 52 churches and raised over £1000.
This year, I plan to take part again but, as I am still recovering from a fractured collar-bone (incurred inevitably in a bike accident), I shall not be trying to break any records this time! I would very much value your support in the venture, either through prayer or sponsorship. With opportunities for meeting face-to-face still limited, there are a number of ways you can pledge sponsorship:
- Fill in my ‘physical’ sponsor form if you see me in church
- Complete an online sponsor form (and I will arrange to collect any payment after the event)
- Visit my JustGiving page to make an online donation
- 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.