Riders and striders visit hundreds of churches across Suffolk for good causes

Jason Bullard from the Southern Vintage Cycle Club outside All Saints Church, Little Wenham with his

Jason Bullard from the Southern Vintage Cycle Club outside All Saints Church, Little Wenham with his pennyfarthing. By the time Jason had reached this church he had already cycled 20 miles and had more to do.Picture: FRANCES TORRINGTON - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of cyclists and walkers visited churches across Suffolk on Saturday as part of the annual Suffolk Churches Ride and Stride event.

The Dean of St Edmundsbury Cathedral and Thomas Shavu, visiting from Tanzania, take a break from rid

The Dean of St Edmundsbury Cathedral and Thomas Shavu, visiting from Tanzania, take a break from riding and cadge a lift in the rickshaw to their next stop. Picture: BURY ST EDMUNDS RICKSHAW - Credit: Archant

More than 500 places of worship opened for the event, which raises tens of thousands of pounds.

“It was another lovely day and we would like to thank everyone who has taken part, and the volunteers who sat in churches to welcome the riders and striders,” said Patrick Grieve, chairman of Suffolk Churches Ride and Stride.

Money raised will be divided equally between the Suffolk Historic Churches Trust, which gives grants to churches, chapels and meeting halls so that the buildings can be preserved for future generations, and the participants chosen church.

Towns across Suffolk saw even more walkers taking part this year. Last year just over £160,000 was raised.

Cyclists Mike and Sheila Norris from Wickham Market, met walkers Marian Peskett and Pat Carter from

Cyclists Mike and Sheila Norris from Wickham Market, met walkers Marian Peskett and Pat Carter from Leiston, in Felixstowe. Picture: SHCT - Credit: Archant

Bella the dog walked around Felixstowe churches to collect her sponsorship money of £84, helped by M

Bella the dog walked around Felixstowe churches to collect her sponsorship money of £84, helped by Margaret Bale and Edyth Banks, who were also sponsored. Picture: SHCT - Credit: Archant


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