Dorset churches gear up for annual Ride & Stride
VOLUNTEERS of all ages are gearing up to pedal for their parish at this year’s Ride & Stride event.
The national annual fundraising day, organised locally by Dorset Historic Churches Trust, invites participants to cycle, walk and even horse ride, to as many churches as possible on Saturday 14th September between 10am-6pm.
Riders and Striders taking part in the event will be raising money for the maintenance and repair of Dorset’s historic churches, with all sponsorship split between their nominated church and Dorset Historic Churches Trust (DHCT).
Dorset is filled with spectacular church heritage and the event presents an opportunity to explore the history and architecture of churches, even those that are not regularly open such as the privately owned, St Mary, Tarrant Rawston near Blandford, the chapel in the grounds of Wolfeton House near Dorchester and the tiny pre-Reformation Corton chapel near Portesham.
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More than 200 churches across towns and villages will be open throughout the day to provide refreshments and a well earned rest for all of the hard working riders and striders taking part.
Last year’s event raised a record £60,923 in sponsorship, with 169 parish communities taking part.
Chairman of Dorset Historic Churches Trust, Simon Pomeroy said: “The annual Ride+Stride event is a great way for all the family to explore some of our wonderful local churches either on foot, by bicycle, wheelchair or on horseback, whilst at the same time raising funds to support your local church and the important work that DHCT does across the county.
“We are very much looking forward to this year’s event and hope to see many people out and about enjoying the Dorset countryside on Saturday 14th September.”
Regional law firm Porter Dodson, with offices in Sherborne and Dorchester, are the sponsors of this year’s official Ride+Stride distinctive yellow T-Shirts, which will be given out to cyclists taking part in the event.
Richard Baker, Partner and Head at the Dorchester office of Porter Dodson said: “Porter Dodson wanted to show its support for the great work that the Trust does in maintaining historic churches and are proud to be the official sponsors of the Ride+Stride T-Shirt this year.”
For more information about the Ride and Stride, please contact Anna Butler (Ride and Stride Coordinator) on 01305 260004 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the DHCT website www.dorsethistoricchurchestrust.co.uk