Ride+Stride is a national event and on every second Saturday in September cyclists (and pedestrians, riders and motorists) all around the country are out making money for their local churches trust. In 2019, the event will take place on Saturday 14th September.
Ride+Stride is the main source of income for the Worcestershire and Dudley Historic Churches Trust and enables them to make grants to churches in need. The ride is inter-denominational and cyclists are invited to seek sponsors who will undertake to pay an agreed sum of money for each place of worship visited by the cyclist between 10.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. on the day.
A new Towers and Spires cycling and walking guide can help you make the most of Ride+Stride in Worcestershire.
If cycling doesn’t appeal to you, other forms of transport are equally acceptable for sponsorship – for example; walkers, runners, horse riders, and those using public transport can also join in.
The money raised by each participant is shared equally between the Worcestershire and Dudley Historic Churches Trust and the place of worship nominated by the cyclist.
To register as a participant, for further information on what’s happening in Worcestershire and Dudley, or to request a sponsorship form from your Ride+Stride Organiser click on the link or send an email.
Get involved in another way
As important as the cyclists are the many volunteers who give up the day to man the churches and chapels and sign in the cyclists as they arrive. Last year many places of worship were manned during the day and we hope that even more will take up the challenge this year. It is a real community effort that is the lifeblood of the trust. Please get out and help raise much needed funds to carry forward the work of the Trust.
We need volunteers to serve refreshments to people visiting Hallow Church as part of the ‘Ride and Stride’ – please sign up on the sheet at the back of church, or send us an email. If everyone signs up for 1 hour each we will be well staffed to welcome visitors.
In the eighteen years since the churches in the county have been involved, more than 200 have received grants for building repairs or fabric improvement.