Kent Ride & Stride
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. 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