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Wiltshire Bishops on Bicycles *Updated

by Michael Ford last modified 08 Apr, 2013 02:14 PM

Two Wiltshire bishops are preparing to cycle 172 miles in 2 days for Christian Aid.

Wiltshire Bishops on Bicycles *Updated

Dr Condry and Dr Rayfield

The Bishop of Ramsbury, Dr Edward Condry, and the Bishop of Swindon, Dr Lee Rayfield, will undertake the challenge on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 April. They will visit 16 county locations, aiming to encourage support and awareness ahead of Christian Aid Week and reflect on the plight of the world’s hungry.

Bishop Condry said, “We greatly look forward to our journey around our beautiful county in support of Christian Aid. We have both been training hard for this worthy cause, and we will probably burn about 10,000 calories during the trip - equivalent to roughly 100 bananas.”

Bishop Rayfield said, “As well as the physical challenge, we are undertaking a pilgrimage of Wiltshire. This is a journey in solidarity with the poor around the world and a way of thanking and encouraging those who volunteer on their behalf every Christian Aid Week.”

They will start from Trowbridge at 8am on the Friday and return there early Saturday evening. Along the way, they hope to call in on Christian Aid supporters in Warminster, Mere, Salisbury, Amesbury, Pewsey, Devizes, Royal Wootton Bassett, Marlborough, Highworth, Cricklade, Chippenham, Malmesbury, Great Somerford, Swindon, Melksham and Bradford on Avon.

Churchgoers in these places will provide them with much needed food and drink.

You can sponsor their efforts at


Notes to Editors
Today, around 870 million people are desperate for food. Christian Aid works globally for profound change in order to eradicate the causes of poverty. They are part of a wider movement for social justice, striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality. Christian Aid Week 2013 runs from May 12-18 and is themed ‘Bite Back at Hunger’. This year’s focus nations are Zimbabwe, Bolivia and Kenya.

The Right Reverend Dr Edward Condry (59) is an experienced cyclist who has raised several hundred thousand pounds for charity, including a 1500-mile ride from Olympia in Greece to the Olympic Stadium in London, raising over £55,000. One of his first big charity rides was a long cycle with his wife Sarah on their tandem in support of Christian Aid.

The Right Reverend Dr Lee Rayfield (57) is a keen road cyclist and member of the Swindon Road Club. After arthritic hips brought an end to his running, he discovered semi-competitive cycle sport and a new set of friends. Bishop Lee has run many miles for charity but this is his first charity cycle.

The Bishop of Ramsbury 
The Bishop of Swindon 
The ‘Wiltshire Bishops on Bicycles’ fundraising website 
Christian Aid 
Christian Aid Week 2013

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Further information
Michael Ford, Communications Co-ordinator (Salisbury)
01722 438651, 07500 836989,

James Harris, Communications Manager (Bristol)
0117 906 0100,

Anna Potts, Regional Co-ordinator for Christian Aid in Wiltshire
01454 415923,
24 hour press duty phone: 07850 242950


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