Annually, on the second Saturday in September, cyclists, pedestrians, horse riders and motorists descend on Britain’s roads and footpaths to take part in the sponsored Ride & Stride event, fundraising for their local County Churches Trust.

This annual event provides the main source of income for each Trust and enables them to make grants to churches in need. Ride & Stride is inter-denominational and participants are invited to seek sponsors who pay an agreed amount for each place of worship visited by bike, foot, horse or car on the day, between 10am and 6pm.

The many volunteers across the nation who wait in churches and chapels to record the visits of all the riders and striders are as incredibly important as those who take part in the event and sponsor it. This great event is a real community effort and is central to the work of the Trust. In the twenty years since the churches in this county have been involved, more than 200 have received grants for much-needed building repairs or fabric improvement. The money raised by each participant is shared equally between the Worcestershire and Dudley Historic Churches Trust and a nominated place of worship.

This year, the event will take place on Saturday 14 September. Find out more about our county’s Ride & Stride via email on worcestershire@rideandstrideuk.org, or on their website: https://www.rideandstrideuk.org/counties/worcestershire-and-dudley/