Wiltshire’s Bishops on Bikes for Christian Aid

by Michael Ford last modified 11 Apr, 2013 05:16 PM

The Bishop of Ramsbury, the Rt Revd Edward Condry and the Bishop of Swindon, the Rt Revd Lee Rayfield are gearing up to set off on a mammoth fundraising challenge around Wiltshire later this week.

Wiltshire’s Bishops on Bikes for Christian Aid

Bishop Ed. Photo courtesy Christian Aid

The bishops, both keen cyclists, have been training for months in preparation for a two-day, 172-mile trip around the county (see below).

During the gruelling challenge they will visit 16 county locations and climb around 6,000 ft to raise awareness of Christian Aid Week, which runs from 12-18 May and is themed ‘Bite Back at Hunger’.

Christian aid supporters, school pupils, mayors, MPs and council officers are among those who will gather to support and sustain the duo on their way.

Bishop Ed said: "I’m most looking forward to meeting all the people as we go round.  Although perhaps on reflection I’m looking forward to finishing most!"

Bishop Lee said: “Christian Aid has always been a charity close to my heart and raising awareness of their work while cycling around this beautiful county is a great combination.  I just hope the rain holds off!”

Bishop Ed will be live on BBC Wilts at 7.50am on Friday 12 April and on Sunday 14 April.

Approximate route times:

Friday April 12

8am: Leader of Wiltshire Council Jane Scott, waves bishops off from County Hall, Trowbridge

12.10pm: soup lunch at St Thomas Church, Salisbury

1.45pm: pupils at Amesbury CEPrimary School with banners

6.15pm: the Mayor of Marlborough welcomes bishops at Town Hall

Saturday 13 April

8.50am: Bacon butties and coffee at the Croft, St Barts, Wootton Bassett

9.50am: coffee and bananas with Christian Aid supporters at Queen’s Drive Methodist Church, Swindon

1.20pm: lunch at Malmesbury Abbey Café

3.45pm: refreshments after the Mothers' Union Service at St Andrew’s Church, Chippenham. The Bishop of Bristol, the Rt Revd Mike Hill, to welcome

4.50pm: Tea and cakes at the United Church, Melksham. Up to 12 cyclists join the bishops for the last leg, including Mayor John Potter

6.30pm: welcome event at St James’ Church, Trowbridge

Notes
To sponsor the bicycling bishops, visit www.justgiving.com/bishopsonbicycles.
Follow the ride via #bishopsonbikes on Twitter.
All timings are subject to the arrival of the bishops and are approximations due to the vagaries of the ride. The bishops will also have to leave promptly to keep to the timetable.

Links
Christian Aid
The Bishop of Ramsbury
The Bishop of Swindon
The 'Poverty Over' report 

Further information 
Contact Emma Nutbrown, Christian Aid West Media Officer:
07500 060770, enutbrown@christian-aid.org 

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