Everyone is welcome to take part as an individual, as a family or a group of friends. Please download the following documents:
- Main Sponsorship Form – if you manage to fill this with sponsors – well done! Download a Continuation Sponsorship Sheet
- Church List 2019: a list of the churches and chapels in the county – we advise you to contact the churches to confirm if those you wish to visit will be taking part.
- Paying in form to send us the money you raise.
- Decide approximately how many churches you are likely to visit before asking people to sponsor you.
- Contact the churches to check whether they will be part of Ride and Stride.
- Start your fundraising well before the event.
- Ask close family and friends first to get them at the top of your page as subsequent people tend to put similar amounts.
- Ask friends, neighbours and work colleagues and employers
- Ask if the sponsor will GiftAid their donation.
- Advertise in your church and any local magazines that you are taking part.
- Put the name and place of the church you wish to receive 50% of your sponsor money or say 100% Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust on your form
- Please tell us if your church is fundraising for a particular purpose e.g. new heating system or roof repairs.
- You could create your own FundRaising Page with Stewardship and upload photos or videos to explain what you are doing and why.
- E-mail out your page to different groups of people at different times starting with family and close friends. A good time to e-mail out your page is just after payday.
- Update the basic “Thank you” to make it more personal for people making a donation.
- Send out an e-mail reminder shortly before the event.
- Share your page to your Facebook and Twitter accounts
Cycling or walking around towns is the easiest way to clock up a large number of sponsored visits within a short time and distance. For instance, a walk through Cambridge visiting college chapels and the central churches and chapels (many serving great teas!) can easily total twenty visits. But please note that Fitzwilliam and Selwyn Colleges each have events on Ride and Stride day this year, and won’t be open to visit.
There are ever more cycle routes and dedicated cycle lanes being created; maps and routes (that also mark parish churches) can be downloaded from Cambridgeshire County Council.
One possible route is cycling (or walking) the twelve miles from St Ives to north Cambridge alongside the guided busway. This gives easy, safe access to at least ten parish churches en route, plus more places in Cambridge itself and some village chapels too. Another possibility is to take your cycle on the train and begin to ride in the church-filled countryside around Cambridge, Ely or St Neots.
What if I want to support churches in other counties?
Ride and Stride events happen across the country in most counties. They are supported by the National Churches Trust but run by individual County Trusts. Ride and Stride takes place every year on the second Saturday in September. The money raised helps to preserve some of Britain’s 42,000 churches, chapels and meeting houses which are at risk of falling into serious disrepair. To find out more about events in other areas please visit