People have been encouraged to get on their bikes and visit their local church to help give it a financial boost - for the 40th year in a row. 

The Norfolk Churches Trust is having its 40th anniversary bike, ride and walk event on Saturday, September 9.

Moira Morrissey, from the trust’s bike ride committee, said: “Since 1983, the world has changed enormously, but we still have our magnificent churches. 

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“However, the challenges they face are enormous too. 

“Churches do not receive funding from either government or the Church of England to maintain them, so the task largely falls to local parochial church councils who take on this huge responsibility to look after these important and historic buildings which are so much at the heart of our communities.

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“Taking part in this year’s event and raising funds is an active way of showing your support for a church of your choice and the Norfolk Churches Trust. 

“Get friends and family to join in, bring some refreshments with you and make a day of it. It’s all for a good cause.”

Money raised is split between the participants’ nominated churches and the trust itself. 

A ‘Lord Lieutenant’s Certificate’ will go to the person who raises the most money, and the person who visits the most churches on a single day will get their name added to a wall of fame. 

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Ms Morrissey said: “So, whether you cycle, walk or drive, we hope you can help us make our 40th anniversary the most successful year ever.” 

The trust was established in 1976 with £300 borrowed from the Norwich Society.

Its aim is to protect, through financial aid and advice, the churches and chapels of any Christian denomination in Norfolk or the Diocese of Norwich.

Visit and see the dedicated bike ride page for more information.