Walkers join sponsored cyclists

Cyclists took part in the 30th annual sponsored bike ride to raise money for the Suffolk Historic Churches Trust''Pictured: Cyclists setting off from Lavenham Church

Cyclists took part in the 30th annual sponsored bike ride to raise money for the Suffolk Historic Churches Trust''Pictured: Cyclists setting off from Lavenham Church

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FOOT power was definitely the order of the day last Saturday when scores of cyclists took part in the 30th annual sponsored bike ride raising money for the Suffolk Historic Churches Trust.

But pride of place went to a husband and wife whose ardent support for the trust saw them walk 17 and a half miles from their Bradfield St George home, around a number of neighbouring churches and back again.

Trust area organiser Margaret Lovick, from Bradfield St Clare, who is also its vice-chairman, said there had been a good turn-out on a fine day, and it was hoped the event would turn into raising yet more funds.

Suffolk, she said, had created the bike ride idea, which had since been copied by many other counties.

During the past 30 years more than £3 million had been raised to help the upkeep of the county’s churches and chapels, including £162,940 in 2010 alone.

People taking part in the bike ride select churches they want to visit, plan their own routes and gather their own sponsorship money.

This is divided between the Historic Churches Trust and the church, chapel or any place of worship chosen by the participants.