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Hampshire churches in annual fundraising drive
11:05am Sunday 8th September 2013 in News
CHURCHES across Hampshire will take part in an annual fundraising bonanza.
This year’s Ride and Stride event will see clergymen and parishioners alike taking part in a sponsored cycle and walk on September 14.
It is the main fundraising event held by the Hampshire and the Islands Historic Churches Trust (HIHCT), which helps with the upkeep of hundreds of churches in the region and is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
As part of the event, people will walk or cycle to almost 400 chapels and churches across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight which date from the 8th to the 20th centuries.
The trust has set a fundraising target of £60,000 to mark its silver jubilee, while a prize is being offered to the family which raises the most money on the day.
Among those taking part in this year’s event will be the Bishop of Winchester, the Rt Rev Tim Dakin, alongside his colleague the Bishop of Basingstoke.
HIHCT chairman Lady Joan Appleyard is hopeful that the event will produce a record fundraising boost for the region’s historical places of worship.
She said: “Churches need our help with upkeep and repairs because there is no government or public funding in place to preserve these wonderful and historic buildings.
“This year we are hoping a record number of Riders and Striders will show their support for what are some of the most magnificent churches to be found anywhere in the world.
“It is a great joy and privilege to play a part in helping to look after them and to ensure that they are there for future generations to enjoy.”
If you want to register to take part in this year’s event, visit hihct.org.uk.
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