Bike Ride smashes 37-year record raising £140,000

It’s smashed a 37-year record – as the Norfolk Bike Ride tops £140,000.

And more funds are still coming in to boost the Norfolk Churches Trust’s latest fund-raising success story.

Organiser Charlie Inglis said that a “staggering £140,000” has already been raised – the highest figure since it was first held in 1983.

The previous record of £139,564 was set in 2008 – and the latest total tops last year’s total of £95,037 by a country mile. And rather like the latest USA’s presidential election, “the envelopes are still coming in,” added Mr Inglis.

Bike Ride 2020 Edited for WebThe 2020 Bike Ride will also overhaul another milestone – raising a total of more than £3m to enable the Norfolk Churches Trust to help conserve and care for places of worship of all denominations.

Mr Inglis, who cycled to a total of 23 churches on Saturday, September 12 with his son and three friends, said that glorious weather obviously helped.

He thanked hundreds of fund-raisers for supporting the Bike Ride. Funds raised benefit the Norfolk Churches Trust and are shared with the fund-raiser’s own church.

It took just a month to break the £100,000 mark – and a remarkable single donation of £25,000 was another major boost.

Mr Inglis said that the support of the Bishop of Norwich, who is a vice-patron of the trust, had been very welcome in encouraging so many fund-raisers to take part in September’s event

The Norfolk Churches Trust welcomes members. It costs about £2.50 per month to become a Friend of the Norfolk Churches Trust.

Annual membership costs £30pa or £45pa for joint – see the website for details.