Everyone can join in and everyone does. Participants are sponsored for the number of places of worship they visit on the day, and people are very imaginative: one family sailed to the churches on the banks of the River Blackwater; another year a group from Chadwell Heath raised money on their exercise bikes; whilst a Brentwood choir quartet, known as the Song Cycle, sings a motet in every church they visit. You can also be sponsored for stewarding your local church and welcoming riders and striders.
The annual sponsored Ride & Stride is the main fund-raiser for the FECT. Half of the money raised goes to the church or chapel of your choice, and the other half is credited to the FECT grants fund. Ride & Stride day is a special Open Day for churches throughout the UK: it is a wonderful way to visit churches which might otherwise be closed and the event usually coincides with Heritage Open Days.
To take part in the Ride & Stride this September you can download sponsorship and other relevant forms or create your own fundraising page on JustGiving straight away. If you need help publicising the Ride & Stride event in your area see our publicity page which includes pro forma advertisements. Details of suggested routes is also given.
It doesn’t matter if you raise £2, £20 or £200. Every penny raised means you will help to save and protect our unique heritage.
For further information, please contact
Ride & Stride Saturday 9th September 2017