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Jacob gets on his bike for Ride and Stride 2021

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.

The event makes a great day out and usually attracts several thousand participants. Suffolk is consistently top of the fundraising table and last year Suffolk people raised £190,000 in one day.

How it works is, cyclists, walkers and runners get sponsored on their journey around some of Suffolk’s churches. You can choose your won route and make it as long or short as you like.

Half the money raised goes to the SHTC, to give out as grants, half goes to the cyclists’/walkers’/ runners’ chosen church.

Whilst the riders and striders are having their fun, on the same day, a vintage and classic car rally is held, with cars travelling a provided route, around a selection of churches.

Locally, Gislingham’s Jacob Pettit (aged 7) and his Mum, Linda are once again taking part to help raise money for St. Mary’s Church, Gislingham, on Saturday 11th September.

Jacob who is a pupil at Gislingham Primary School, also took part last year said: “Last year, I cycled 18.26 miles visiting ten churches; but this year, I think I can do even more, so I am going to try and visit twelve churches and our route is over twenty miles".

If you would like to sponsor Jacob and Linda, Linda has set-up a JustGiving page at: -

Alternatively, you can sponsor via sponsorship forms from Jacquie Campbell on 01379 783329.