Bishops take up bicycle challenge

Two Church of England bishops will be cycling 172 miles in two days for Christian Aid this spring.

The Suffragan Bishop of Swindon, the Right Reverend Lee Rayfield, and the Bishop of Ramsbury, Dr Edward Condry, aim to visit 16 locations across Wiltshire over 12 and 13 April.

The cycle is more than just a test of strength as the pair will be raising awareness of poverty issues and Christian Aid Week.

Bishop Rayfield said: "As well as the physical challenge, we are undertaking a pilgrimage of Wiltshire.

"This is a journey in solidarity with the poor around the world and a way of thanking and encouraging those who volunteer on their behalf every Christian Aid Week."

The bishops will set off from Trowbridge at 8am on 12 April and visit Christian Aid supporters in Salisbury, Royal Wootton Bassett, Chippenham, Swindon and Bradford on Avon among other towns.

Christian Aid Week takes place this year from 12 to 18 May under the theme of "Bite Back at Hunger". The countries of focus are Zimbabwe, Bolivia and Kenya.

The bishops can be sponsored at www.justgiving.com/bishopsonbicycles

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