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The Trust was set up in 1964 to give a financial helping hand to Christian places of worship throughout Leicester and Leicestershire that are used for regular public worship
Since 1964, we have given more than £1,150,000 in grants to over 320 churches and chapels in need. In 2020 we awarded £40,000 in grants.
Breedon on the Hill St Mary & St Hardulph
Castle Donington St Edward King and Martyr
Foston, St Bartholomew
Frisby on the Wreake St Thomas of Canterbury
Oadby, St Peter
Sileby St Mary
The Trust’s major fundraising activity is the annual sponsored Ride+Stride and Church Open Day. Held on the Second Saturday of September every year, half the money raised in sponsorship goes to the Trust and half to the participating churches and chapels. You can join in and raise sponsorship by cycling, walking, or by welcoming people to your church or chapel on the day.
The Trust also receives donations from individuals, church councils, other charitable trusts and legacies, and raises funds through organising Church Tours and Lectures, Open Gardens and other events.
The Trustees and Officers are all volunteers.
All our Trustees and Officials are volunteers – and we are always seeking new
people to help us with our work. Please Contact Us if you would like to find out
President and Vice-Presidents
The Rt Revd Martyn Snow, Bishop of Leicester (President and Trustee)
The Revd Canon Helen Cameron, Chair of the Methodist Church Northampton District
The Revd Mark Clay, Regional Minister Team Leader, East Midlands Baptist
Mrs Janet Arthur MBE (Chairman)
Mr Mark Dunkley
Mr Colin Entwistle (Treasurer)
Mr John Hemes (representing Baptist churches and chapels)
The Revd Canon Jeff Hopewell
Mr David Knowles DL
Mr Robert Sulley
Mr Michael Taylor (Minutes Secretary)
Mr Barry Wilford (representing Methodist churches and chapels)
We have a vacancy for a Trustee representing Roman Catholic churches
Finance Administrator – Mr Joshua Malam
Grants Administrator – Mrs Vicki Dolphin (until November 2020)
Ride+Stride Organiser – vacant (currently, Mrs Janet Arthur)Ride+Stride Treasurer – Mrs Anne Bloor
Keep in touch and find out what's happening at the Trust - which churches and chapels have received grants and what our plans are for Ride + Stride and other exciting events. We'll send a newsletter and Trust updates to your email address.
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