Bish­ops get on their bikes to help Chris­tian Aid

The Church of England - - FRONT PAGE - By Priscella Vega

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.

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