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Kent Ride and Stride 2014

PUBLISHED: 13:53 07 September 2014 | UPDATED: 13:53 07 September 2014

Biking Bishop Trevor

Biking Bishop Trevor

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Kent Churches Sponsored Bike Ride and Walk (part of the national Ride+Stride) takes place on 13 September 2014. To kickstart the much-loved event, a Garden Party in aid of Kent's churches and chapels was hosted by Tessa and Andrew Wells at Mere House in Mereworth.

The much-loved annual Ride and Stride Garden Party in aid of Kent’s churches and chapels was generously hosted this summer by Tessa and Andrew Wells at Mere House in Mereworth. The Right Reverend Trevor Willmott, Bishop of Dover, a Patron of the charity and Hugo Fenwick, High Sheriff of Kent, were among the 170-plus guests who enjoyed the lovely gardens, the awards presentation to worthy supporters and the medley of favourite tunes played by the 24-strong Children’s Liver Disease Foundation Brass Band.

Kent Churches Sponsored Bike Ride and Walk (part of the national Ride+Stride) takes place on 13 September 2014.

The basic principle is that 50% of sponsorship money raised goes to the church or chapel chosen by the participant, with the other 50% going to the Friends, who use it to help the most needy churches in the County.

Participants plan their own routes with the assistance of a printed list of churches and chapels open on the day. There are usually some 750 of these places of worship open, scattered right across this big county, and wherever you go you’ll be assured of a warm welcome. Don’t worry about carrying lots of food of drink as plenty is available at the churches or lots of pubs en route!

Last year’s Ride+Stride raised over £135,000 including Gift Aid, and this represented well over half of the total income of the Friends of Kent Churches. 745 churches and chapels were involved. There were nearly a thousand riders and walkers, who visited an average of 14 churches each. In addition, over a hundred of those who sat in churches to welcome visitors were themselves sponsored.

Since it started, Ride+Stride has raised over £2.5 million in Kent and the organisers hope to add to this total in 2014.

Find out more at: http://www.rideandstrideuk.org/counties/kent/

PICTURES BY: MANU PALOMEQUE

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