Bishops get on their bikes to help Christian Aid
BICYCLE ENTHUSIASTS the Rt Revs Ed Condry (59) and Lee Rayfield (57), competed in an intense 1720-mile bike ride to support the Christian Aid in Wiltshire this past weekend despite the rough showers.
Supporters cheered on both Bishops as they kicked off their pilgrimage around 16 counties and Bishop Rayfield led prayers for those living in poverty at each stop after his cycle accident outside of Salisbury last year.
“We have been fed with wonderful food on our journey, but it’s vital that we remember that one in eight people go to bed hungry each night and do what we can to ensure the world is a fairer place,” Bishop Rayfield said.
“It’s been amazing to see such large numbers of Christian Aid supporters across such a range of different contexts and all of them are passionate, committed people with a sense of humour as well as a sense of justice.”
The two Bishops are no strangers to the world of cycling or to the work of Christian Aid. Twenty five years ago, Bishop Condry previously rode his bike for the charity alongside his wife, Sarah, and cycled 200 miles on a tandem to raise funds. They also continue to help distribute Christian Aid Week envelopes to help out the organization.
They commented on the race saying how it was great to continue helping a great cause and meeting all those involved. “The ride went brilliantly. We had a fantastic welcome wherever we went, including a real rock star welcome at Amesbury Primary School where 200 or so children greeted us with flags.”
They also expressed their excitement for the next time they work alongside Christian Aid again to raise funds for worldwide development.