The Prince of Wales, Patron of the Norfolk Churches Trust, has given his backing to the trust’s 2014 Sponsored Bike Ride and Walk.
He will sign a special certificate awarded to the person who raises the most money at this fundraising event, which coincides with the Heritage Open Day weekend.
With lots of new incentives to encourage new and regular participants to join in on Saturday, September 13, organiser Charles Inglis is hopeful that this year’s event can raise a record amount to help safeguard the future of Norfolk’s wonderful churches.
The event also has a ‘celebrity champion’ for the first time in Norfolk-born sports commentator Jake Humphrey. He hopes to join the many cyclists and walkers taking part on the day to the 600 church buildings open.
Jake said: “I am delighted to support the 2014 Norfolk Churches Trust Sponsored Bike Ride and Walk.
“Our county boasts some of the most beautiful and historically significant churches in the country, and it’s right that the people of Norfolk should enjoy them. And what better way to see them than on your bike, enjoying the rural beauty of our fine county.”
Extra activities include a photographic competition, with categories including best picture of people taking part, best picture of anything interesting seen en route and best picture of a church.
Activity sheets for children can be downloaded and participants can also vote for the church which provides the best refreshments.
Participating churches have been encouraged to run events which will include displays, exhibitions and tours of graveyards.
Mr Inglis said: “There is something for everyone to enjoy on the day and this year for the first time we are allowing people to drive to churches as we have many loyal supporters who are no longer able to walk or cycle long distances. We want people to visit the churches and see the wealth of history in the buildings.”
The sponsored cycle ride has raised £2.6 million over the past 30 years.
For more information and to download sponsorship forms visit www.norfolkchurchestrust.org.uk