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Jacob gets on his bike (again!) for Ride AND Stride 2022

This annual fundraiser, which started in Suffolk and has now been adopted throughout the country,
is organised by Suffolk Historic Churches Trust. It is the trust’s main source of income, enabling it to
make grants to churches and chapels of all denominations towards the cost of repairs and
restoration. Suffolk is consistently top of the fundraising table and last year Suffolk people raised
£205,000 in one day.

The idea started in Suffolk, and consistently Suffolk has headed the table of funds raised.  The Ride
and Stride is the main source of income to Suffolk Historic Churches Trust to enable it to make
grants to churches and chapels of all denominations towards repair and restoration costs.
Ride and Stride is run entirely by volunteers and is inter-denominational, with participants
sponsored for each place of worship visited between 9.00am and 5.00pm on Ride and Stride Day or
with a donation, regardless of the number of churches visited.

The money raised by each cyclist or walker is shared equally between the Suffolk Historic Churches
Trust and the place of worship nominated by the participant.

As important as the participants are the many volunteers who give up the day to man the churches
and chapels and sign in the cyclists and walkers as they arrive.  Hundreds of places of worship are
manned during the day and that takes quite a team of volunteers!  It is a real community effort that
is the lifeblood of the Trust.

For the third year running, Gislingham’s Jacob Pettit (aged 8) and his Mum, Linda are once again
taking part to help raise money for St. Mary’s Church, Gislingham, on Saturday 10th September.
Jacob who is a pupil at Gislingham Primary School, also took part last year said: “Last year, I cycled
22.7 miles visiting twelve churches; but this year, I am going to do even more, Because I am not
only a year older, but I have a bigger and better bike and I want to challenge myself to do better
than last year. So, I aiming to visit thirteen churches, which will be over 25 miles!”

If you would like to sponsor Jacob and Linda, Linda has set-up a JustGiving page at: -
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Linda-Pettit1

If anyone else would be interested in taking part, or would like to sponsor Jacob and Linda via sponsorship forms from Jacquie Campbell on 01379 783329.