Royal recognition for Best Bike, Ride and Drive fundraiser

An outstanding fundraiser has been royally recognised for their support of the Norfolk Churches Trust for the second year running.

The High Sheriff of Norfolk, Lady Agnew presents top fundraiser, Paul Nicholls, with The Prince of Wales’s Certificate supported by members of the Burgh Castle congregation at Burgh Castle Church.

The High Sheriff of Norfolk, Lady Agnew presents top fundraiser, Paul Nicholls, with The Prince of Wales’s Certificate supported by members of the Burgh Castle congregation at Burgh Castle Church.

Paul Nicholls received a signed Prince of Wales’s Certificate for his 2018 fundraising efforts which was presented by The High Sheriff of Norfolk, Lady Agnew.  Leading from the front he individually visited 50 Churches and in the process raised an astonishing £1,967; not least as a result of having filled out an amazing 15 pages of sponsorship forms.  The top 5 fundraisers between them raised nearly £9,000; so there was stiff competition for the Certificate.

The certificate signed by the Trust’s Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales, was presented at St Peter & St Paul in Burgh Castle near Great Yarmouth which is the Church he nominated as being the one he specifically wished to raise funds for.

The largest annual fundraising event for the Trust sees locals explore as many of the county’s religious buildings as possible by bike, car or any other means of transport they wish to utilise, and get sponsored for their efforts.  This year it is on Saturday 14 September during which the competition for the Prince of Wales’s Certificate will once again take place.

The funds raised are split between the participant’s church of choice and the Trust’s general funds which give grants to hundreds of churches for repairs, renovation and the conservation of their buildings. Over the past 35 years the Bike, Ride and Drive event has raised around £2.6 million in total.