Evershot’s A Winner!

by Gerry Lynch last modified 03 Jun, 2015 03:59 PM

St Osmund’s Church awarded prize for Dorset Ride+Stride fundraising.

Evershot’s A Winner!

Morshead trophy winner Richard Campbell, with Chairman of DHCT, Simon Pomeroy and Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset, Angus Campbell

Trustees and Deanery Representatives from the Dorset Historic Churches Trust (DHCT) recently gathered at St Osmund’s Church in Evershot to award it the county's top prize for Ride+Stride fundraising.

Ride+Stride takes place around the country on the second Saturday in September every year. It raises money for the various county Historic Churches Trusts which help maintain and enhance churches of all denominations. Participants are sponsored to cycle, walk or ride on horseback to as many churches as possible between 10am and 6pm.

In Dorset, the Morshead Trophy, named after DHCT founder, Sir Owen Morshead, is has been presented since 1999 to the parish that has, in the opinion of the Trustees, achieved the most impressive results. 

This year the prestigious trophy was presented to Richard Campbell on behalf of St Osmund's, Evershot. Richard, who rides a tricycle rather than a conventional bicycle due to neurological disability, inspired the parish to raise £2,800. This amount will be shared between the Trust and St Osmund's. The President of the Trust, Mr Angus Campbell, Lord Lieutenant of Dorset congratulated him for his amazing determination and fund-raising skills. 

Welcoming the nearly 80 guests from participating churches across Dorset, Revd David Harknett expressed his gratitude to DHCT for its fund-raising support which will be devoted to making the church more widely usable for its congregation and the local community.   

Simon Pomeroy, Chairman of DHCT, reflected that people of all ages really enjoy taking part in Ride +Stride.

He added that this annual celebration provides the perfect opportunity to say thank you to everyone who works so hard to conserve the wonderful heritage of Dorset’s church for future generations. “Last year, the event raised £81,000, a record total. The Trust intends to award a further £100,000 in grants to Dorset’s churches in 2015 and that just would not be possible without our riders and striders. Evershot parish are worthy winners and we look forward to this year’s R+S on Saturday 12th September!” 

Ride+Stride is the county Historic Churches Trusts' main source of income. In Dorset alone, the event involves some 200 parish and church communities, 5,500 individual sponsors, and raised £81,000 in 2014. Both Wiltshire and Dorset set fundraising records in 2014.

This year’s Ride+Stride will take place on Saturday 12 September.

Why not raise money to secure the future of our wonderful churches and get some exercise in lovely countryside at the same time? In Dorset, visit this link or contact Anna Butler on 01305 260 064 and anna-butler@hotmail.co.uk.

In Wiltshire, visit this link or contact Charles Graham on 01672 514 301 and ctg100@hotmail.com (North Wilts) or Mandy Dobson 01666 824 005 and mandydobson21@hotmail.co.uk (South Wilts).

Urgent call to the Western Downland Benefice. The Hants and Islands Historic Churches Trust urgently needs a Ride+Stride co-ordinator for the New Forest, including the small part of our Diocese which lies in in Hampshire. Contact Christine Wort on 01264 810 584, rideandstride@hihct.org.uk or visit this link.

Still not sure if you’d like to take part? The national Ride+Stride website has more encouragement and this story from the Diocesan website interviews local churchpeople who love it.

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