In 2015 we had two major fundraising events
Cornwall Churches Day and Diwrosa Kernow (Cycle Cornwall).
Update – We did it!
We are really pleased and proud to confirm that Joe and Jon have succeeded in their Charity Challenge, what’s more they finished ahead of schedule.
Thank you so much for your sponsorship. We have raised nearly £3 000.00 to date and expect this to increase as they have now successfully completed their challenge.
- Covered 209 miles in 2 days
- Called into and photographed over 100 Churches and Chapels
- Burnt in excess of 20,000 calories
- Had no punctures or breakages
- Fell off only once
- Met cows, caravans and had a wasp in a helmet
Philip and Sue Willoughby organized a wonderful reception for their arrival in Kingsand to celebrate their great achievement.
Diwrosa Kernow (Cycle Cornwall)
CYCLISTS and cycling clubs were invited to join two enthusiastic volunteers who are cycling the entire length of Cornwall and back to raise money for the Cornwall Historic Churches Trust (CHCT).
Cycle Cornwall – Diwrosa Kernow in Cornish – will be held over two days, with the intrepid participants, Joe Davidson and Jon Ramage, cycling a total of 216 miles on September 17 and 18, (a Thursday and Friday). They hope as many sponsored cyclists as possible will join them for at least part of their strenuous journey.
Both Joe and Jon are building surveyors employed by the specialist Truro-based Scott & Company, which is lending support to the ambitious scheme.
Cycle Cornwall is part of this year’s effort to raise funds for the Trust, which gives vital financial support to Cornwall’s Christian places of worship, saving many from ruin over the years since it was formed in 1955. The peripheral route planned will pass more than 100 historic churches and chapels on the way, starting at St Morwenna’s, Morwenstow. It will take a course along the North Coast all the way west to St Just-in-Penwith parish church, near Land’s End.
Then, as if they haven’t faced challenge enough, they will cover a similar distance again along the South Coast on the following day, ending at Kingsand, facing Plymouth Sound.
“We’re looking forward to it hugely,” said 25-year-old Joe, from Probus. “But it’s a bit daunting, and now we’re into serious training.” He added: “Both of us take part in the cycle-to-work scheme, but we’ve never done anything like this distance before. But we shall be raising money for a very good cause. We thought it would be a good idea.”
He explained that they were aiming for an early start on Day One, cycling slightly over 100 miles to get to St Just in time for tea. The route will take in churches and chapels along the way – including Padstow, Newquay, St Agnes and St Ives. They will be staying in a youth hostel in St Just – so they will be handy to set off at 6am on the second day. En-route they plan to call on churches at Penzance, Helston, Falmouth, St Mawes and St Austell.
“It’s going to be harder work on the second day,” Joe added. “It’s more up hill. But we hope to be at Kingsand at 6pm for a meet-and-greet reception.”
Several people had already given undertakings to join them and cycle sections of the route, including family members, he said.
Jon, who is 34 and lives in Newquay, cycles the 12 miles to work every day when it is convenient, and clocks up 80 miles a week on average. He explained: “It was my suggestion to cycle from Morwenstow to St Just… and then Joe persuaded me that we should do the return trip. I’m getting very fit and healthy – and fortunately my wife, Laura, is very supportive.”
Dolly Scott, who is the Friends secretary of the CHCT, commented: “I was delighted when Jon and Joe said they would like to help the Trust in this way. Their enthusiasm and commitment to the cycle ride is wonderful. I hope others will follow their lead and join them for some of the route – or hold their own special event to support the Trust.”
The CHCT Event Day this year is on September 12, when supporters will be taking part in the traditional Stride and Ride sponsorship programme, walking, cycling, riding, jogging and driving between places of worship throughout the county to raise money.
In recent years the Event Day has seen a vast range of other activities taking place, from teddy bears parachuting from church towers to worm-charming in churchyards, and the fund-raising initiative has been extended to cover the entire month of September.
At the CHCT’s June meeting grants totalling £22,500 were agreed, to help restoration schemes at seven places of worship all over Cornwall.
To make a donation you can log onto the Just Giving page www.justgiving.com/DiwrosaKernow or send a cheque made payable to Cornish Historic Churches Trust at Scott & Co, 3 Lemon Villas, Truro TR1 2NX.