Church of England Diocese of Canterbury High Downs


19 Aug 2020, 10 a.m.

The Friends of Kent Churches Sponsored Ride & Stride takes place on the second Saturday in September each year. This year it will take place on Saturday 12th September 2020.

To register as a participant, for further information, or to request a sponsorship form, contact a local church, click on the link or send us an email.

Participants plan their own routes with the assistance of a printed list of churches and chapels open [provide link]. There are usually some 700 of these places of worship open, scattered right across this big county, and wherever you go you’ll be assured of a warm welcome. Go individually, as a couple, with friends and family, with a cycling club, with your work colleagues, with school friends, with choirs, with a sports team – whoever you wish.

You need a special sponsor form. Please ask sponsors to tick for Gift Aid if they are tax payers; this increases their donations by 25% with no cost to them. Ask your relations, friends and colleagues to sponsor you – so much per church or chapel visited between 10.00 am and 6.00 pm on the day.

50% of all sponsorship money raised can go to the church or chapel of your choice, with the other 50% going to the Friends of Kent Churches, who distribute it by grant aid to help the most needy churches in the county. Last year’s Ride & Stride raised £140,602 including gift aid. There were over 850 riders and walkers, who visited an average of 12 churches each. In addition, over a hundred of those who welcomed visitors to our churches were themselves sponsored. Since it started, Ride & Stride has raised over £3 million in Kent and we hope to add to this total in 2020.

In 2016 supporters of the Ride & Stride produced a colourful film explaining the event and its purpose. Please do look at the film!

T-shirts and polo shirts are available to purchase. Cyclists can purchase bicycle flags with pole and bracket for the ride as a fun way to show your support and raise awareness.

Otherwise, you can donate here

Thank you.