Dorset Parish Wins Fundraising Prize

by Gerry Lynch last modified 24 Apr, 2014 07:39 PM

St Christopher's, Winfrith Newburgh, wins prize for years of support for Ride+Stride.

Dorset Parish Wins Fundraising Prize

Archdeacon of Sherborne Paul Taylor, Julian Cherryson, Reverend Nicola Coleman, DHCT Chairman Simon Pomeroy, Church Warden Giles Marsh and Deanery Representative Louise Haywood

St Christopher’s Church in Winfrith Newburgh has been awarded the prestigious Morshead Trophy by the Dorset Historic Churches Trust for raising money in the annual Ride+Stride fundraising event.

During the event, participants cycle, walk and even horse ride to as many churches as possible between 10am and 6pm. Participants follow their own routes across the country, with money raised being shared between their own church and their county's Historic Churches Trust. In Dorset, the Morshead Trophy, named after the county trust's founder, Sir Owen Morshead, is presented to the parish that has, in the opinion of the Trustees, achieved the most impressive results.

This year, the trophy was presented to Julian Cherryson, organist at St Christopher’s Church, who received it on behalf of Winfrith Newburgh parish. Julian inspired the parish to raise £1,424 in the 2013 event and Trustees were particularly impressed by the consistency of Julian’s efforts, which have raised over £7,000 over the past seven years.

Julian commented: “I’m thrilled that the Morshead Trophy has been presented to Winfrith Newburgh parish. The church itself recently benefited from a generous grant of £10,000 from the Trust which has gone a long way towards paying for our programme of roof repairs.”

Julian, who suffers from autism which makes cycling difficult for him, says that he has been inspired by his sponsors to ride an average of 58 miles and to visit 33 churches each year for the past seven years. His Ride+Stride hymn, which is set to the tune Sing Hosannah, was first sung at the Trust’s jubilee in 2010, and was sung again at Winfrith Newburgh this week.                                                                                                       

Simon Pomeroy, Chairman of the Dorset Historic Churches Trust, added: “This annual celebration gives us the perfect opportunity to say thank you to our Trustees, Deanery Representatives and all the parishes that take part in Ride+Stride. Last year, we were able to award a total of £100,000 in grants to churches across Dorset and that just would not have been possible without our riders and striders. We were delighted to award the trophy to Winfrith Newburgh parish this year and look forward to this year’s Ride+Stride on Saturday 13th September!” 

Last year, in Dorset alone, Ride+Stride involved 200 parish and church communities of all denominations and raised a record £75,000 for the Trust – over £12,000 more than in 2012.

For more information visit the national Ride+Stride website, and the websites of the Dorset Historic Churches Trust and Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust.

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