The Taylor Trophy is awarded to the Oxfordshire firm or organisation raising the most money in the annual Ride + Stride for Churches event.
Ride + Stride is a national fundraiser that sees the public sponsored to walk or cycle between churches to raise money for the improvement and refurbishment of places of worship of all denominations.
Organised locally by Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust (OHCT), Ride + Stride takes place this year on Saturday, September 14th.
You do not have to attend a church to take part.
Participants can nominate a local church to receive 50% of the money they raise. The remainder goes into the grant making fund for to which churches can apply throughout the year.
You only need four people to begin a team and you can include as many as you like.
The rule is that the people in your team must be employees or volunteers within your company or organisation.
Four easy steps
The collective total raised by your team is the figure that counts.
You can walk or cycle or both. You can do it together, individually or break up into smaller teams.
Use our route planner or your local knowledge to visit as many Oxfordshire churches as you can.
The possibilities are endless, from planning a route for individuals so you end up at one church for a lunchtime picnic to walking together for the morning and going separate ways after lunch. Start as early as you like and keep going until dusk or just for a few hours in the afternoon.
Whatever you choose, the figure that counts is the total raised before the 31 October 2019!
Each year OHCT gives away £100,000+ in grants to local churches for improvements and refurbishments.
Local churches improving their facilities, adding kitchen space, community space, toilets and providing accessibility – these are crucial projects for local communities where often the church is the only remaining community building.
Local churches are often in need of repair and refurbishment. They are historic and important buildings, and they cost a lot to maintain. Every church building, regardless of denomination, is maintained and paid for by the local congregation and community. There is no government or central funding for looking after church buildings.
Through the work of OHCT and many other grant-making bodies, it is the local communities that are the winners.
The winner, the team that raises the most money, receives the Taylor Trophy.
We’ll arrange a photo opportunity, local press and social media coverage.
You’ll also have the opportunity of further coverage as we approach next year’s event and begin promoting taking part in the Taylor Trophy 2020.
The Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust has established the Taylor Trophy (generously provided by one of our Patrons, Bernard Taylor DL) to be awarded each year to the Oxfordshire company or organisation who enter an employees team for our annual fundraising Ride and Stride, which has long been one of our main sources of income. The Trophy will be in the form of a sculpture by the well-known artist Eleanor Clutton-Brock.
To take part :