A BISHAMPTON resident is ready to put the pedal to the metal for county churches in this year’s Ride and Stride charity event.
Keen cyclist Martin Dickinson, is gearing up for the annual bike ride on Saturday (September 12) and is inviting Vale residents to join him, visiting churches en route to raise funds for much needed repair work.
Mr Dickinson’s 20 to 25 mile tour will take him through Himbleton, Inkberrow and the Lenches with friends Rodney Hodgkins and war veteran Michael Johnes, who is proposing to take on the challenge on his mobility scooter.
The sponsored bike ride is a national event and money raised to the County Churches Trust on the day, enables it to give grants to save historic churches, chapels and meeting houses for future generations, by helping to fund urgent repairs and the installation of modern facilities.
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.
The volunteers just have to get their sponsorship sheet signed at churches they visit along the route.
In the 18 years since churches in Worcestershire have been involved, more than 200 have received grants for building repairs or fabric improvement.
“We’re keen to encourage as many people a possible to join us,” said Mr Dickinson.
“If cycling doesn’t appeal, you can choose any other mode of travel for sponsorship, including walkers, runners, horse riders and even those using public transport.
“You can do a long or short route as long as you sign into the churches which are open on the day.
“Last year was very successful as we had 21 cyclists who visited St. James’ church,” he added.
The event will take place from 10am outside St. James’ church in Bishampton.
Visit www.rideandstrideuk.org for more information or call Mr Dickinson on 01386 462733.