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Tue 18 August 2020
Leading property firm Andrew Granger & Co Ltd has sponsored the upcoming Leicestershire Ride+Stride event by £500, for the seventh year in a row.
The popular national event, which takes place across the county on Saturday 12 September, raises crucial funds towards repairs and improvements to Leicestershire’s historic churches and chapels.
Despite the challenges faced by Covid-19 this year, organisers are delighted that Ride+Stride complies with social distancing measures so that the well-liked and key event can still go ahead.
Participants are encouraged to visit as many churches taking part in the event as possible during the open day and get sponsored for doing so. Sponsorship forms are available from each church, or you can set up your own page via https://www.justgiving.com/l-h-c-t.
How visitors choose to get from church to church is entirely their choice – previous years have seen cyclists, walkers, runners, joggers, horse-riders and motor scooter drivers take part.
The money raised is divided half and half between the churches nominated by participants and the Leicestershire Historic Churches Trust, which awards grants to historic churches and chapels for repairs and community facilities.
Rupert Harrison, Director and Head of Rural for Andrew Granger & Co Ltd, said: “It’s very important to us a company to support the communities in which our offices are.
“We particularly like to sponsor Leicestershire Ride+Stride because it gives the opportunity to appreciate historic buildings across the county, at the same time as taking in beautiful countryside, getting some exercise and having fun with the family - all whilst raising vital financial support so that Leicestershire’s churches and chapels continue to be enjoyed for years to come.”
Janet Arthur, Chair of Leicestershire Historic Churches Trust, said: “We’re extremely grateful for Andrew Granger & Co’s help again.
“We put the money towards the cost of all the printed materials required for the event and posting the items to the hundreds of participating churches.
“Since it started in Leicestershire in 1990, Ride+Stride has raised over £1,100,000 – an amazing sum which has done a huge amount of good.
“We look forward to welcoming lots of participants this year to ensure the continued success of the event.”
Revd Andrew Race, Rector of Castle Donington parish church said: “I think that the decision to continue with Ride+Stride this year is inspired, not least because it may well help many communities regain their confidence and have something to look forward to.”
With over 300 churches participating in the event across Leicestershire it’s the perfect opportunity for visitors to take in as many as they like during the open day – the record so far being 65.
Andrew Granger & Co offer a range of property services from their offices in Leicester, Loughborough and Market Harborough and you can find out more at www.andrewgranger.co.uk.