The annual Awards Ceremony for the Sussex Historic Churches Trust ‘Ride and Stride’ sponsorship competition was held at St Nicolas Church Pevensey last Saturday.
Peter Field, Lord-Lieutenant of East Sussex and co-president of the Trust, presented the prizes at the ceremony attended by over 100 people in the medieval church which celebrates its 800 anniversary next year. Trophies to both cyclists and walkers were given for Individual, Team and Under-16 entries.
Since 1956 the Trust has raised almost £2million. A Special Award was given to Pamela Lade from St John the Evangelist, Eastbourne who raised over £1,400. This is the fifth year running that Pamela has received the Special Award trophy. In total competitors raised £55,000 in 2014.
Ride & Stride is an annual sponsored event which includes all the places of worship in Sussex. There is no fixed route, which encourages participants to visit churches and chapels and to explore parts of Sussex that they may not normally see.
Ride and Stride is an event for all ages – families are welcome to take part as well as individuals. Everyone who takes part will be raising much needed funds which assist in the repair and maintenance of historic churches, allowing their beauty to be appreciated by future generations. St. Nicolas, Pevensey, which is on English Heritage’s ‘At Risk Register’, is seeking to raise over £200,000 to complete a restoration project begun in 2006.