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Bishop gets on his bike for charity in Alresford
5:17pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
OLD Alresford witnessed a Bishop ‘get on his bike’ on Saturday (September 14).
It was all part of Ride and Stride, which saw hundreds of churches across the county opening their doors to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hampshire and the Islands Historic Churches Trust.
The project aims to raise money by getting volunteers to walk or cycle between historic and scenic places of worship.
The Bishop of Basingstoke, The Rt Rev Peter Hancock, is among those who agreed to take part and was at St Mary's to do his bit towards the ambitious fundraising target of £60,000.
Since the trust was founded in 1988, £1 million has been raised to help 900 churches and chapels dating from the 8th to the 20th century.
Half the money raised by Riders and Striders goes to a church of their choice, while the rest goes to HIHCT for allocation in grants and loans to churches struggling to pay for essential repairs and modernisation.
Trust chairman, Lady Appleyard, 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.”
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