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10 July 2013

100 riders raise money for UK charities

100 riders raise money for UK charities

by Eleanor Ward

Shoreline Church organised for 100 riders to raise £28,000 for 30 local national charities. Some of the charities that benefitted from the fundraising included Shoreline Church, Alder Hey Children's Hospital, CAP and Tearfund.

Green Pastures is a national Christian social enterprise that provides homes for the homeless and those in most need. Providing expertise, purchase properties, ongoing support, mortgage payments, and major repairs and building costs in liaison with the partner, they currently have more than 240 houses across the UK and are looking to add to their number of partners. The co-founder of Green Pastures, Pastor Pete Cunningham, believes that as a part of our inherent Godly DNA, giving is the way in which we are most blessed.

He said: "We shouldn't be giving in order to receive, but we give out of a heart of gratitude for all God has done in our lives. The biblical pattern then means that as we give out of that heart, God's promise to us is that He will abundantly bless us, good measure, pressed down shaken together and running over."

Pete managed to complete 10 miles of the 'Bucket and Spade' ride from Southport to Blackpool which is a distance of about 74 miles. Regardless of his suffering with Angina, a condition marked by severe pain in the chest, and his age of 71.

The money raised for Green Pastures and Tearfund will sow back into activities that will release many more people to do further work for Christian causes, Pete firmly believes.

Pete commented: "Green Pastures are about releasing others to carry out the calling which God has placed on their lives. This event, spearheaded by the church but involving large numbers of local community members and representatives from other charities is another way in which we can be salt and light and a great opportunity to engage with those of no faith and of faith along the journey."