2:10pm Saturday 5th October 2013
A GROUP of six cyclists have raised more than £600 for their churches and the Historic Cheshire Churches Preservation Trust.
The cyclists from St Helens Church, St John’s Lostock and Davenham churches, raised the impressive amount by taking part in Ride and Stride – a sponsored bike ride or walk help preserve some of Britain’s 47,000 churches.
They left Witton at around 9.45am on Saturday, September 21, and visited churches in Lostock, Great Budworth, Antrobus, Frandley, Appleton Thorn, Lower Whitley, Little Leigh and Barnton.
They arrived back in Northwich at 5.30pm having completed more than 30 miles.
Along the route, the group enjoyed the hospitality of all the churches and met up with several other rides who were also taking part in the national event.
Julian Williams, from St Helens Church, said: “A total exceeding £600 was raised in sponsorship of this and this will be split with 50 per cent going to the churches and 50 per cent to the Preservation Trust.”
St Helens Church also raised a further £684 through their open day earlier this month.
Friends and neighbours from across the entire community came together, with people queuing for their time slot to go up the church tower.
Tombolas, cake stalls, and tea and coffee kept visitors entertained throughout the day.
Eric Walker said: “It was a wonderful atmosphere.
“Many thanks to all the stall holders.”
Anybody wishing to make a retrospective donation to the Ride and Stride fund should call Julian on 07919 921708.
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