Thousands of pounds already raised by Ride and Stride event

December 19 2017

THE annual Ride and Stride fund raiser has so far collected £40,000 for the repair and improvement of churches.

Places of worship of any Christian denomination across South Gloucestershire, north Bristol and Gloucestershire can benefit from the event.

Held each September, it involves walkers, cyclists, horse riders and drivers visiting churches along their chosen route in support of the Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust.

Money raised is given out in grants to churches, with half the cash going to the participants’ own chosen churches.

Among those who took part this year was Thornbury priest, the Rev Tom Keates, who led an eight-strong team of walkers from the benefice of Thornbury and Oldbury-on-Severn between four churches.

They started from St Mary’s in Shepperdine and visited St Arilda’s in Oldbury, St Mary’s in Thornbury and St Paul’s to complete their journey.