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From London to Paris for Malawi

Date: 16 May 2013
So what does a vicar do on a study break? Well the vicar of St Paul's Howell Hill and St Mary’s Burgh Heath the Revd Martin Wainwright will be cycling from London to Paris – in 24 hours.

Martin will be joined by 11 men and a support team of six as they tackle the 260-mile journey on May 31 to raise money for the local charity Hope4Malawi.

The cyclists are aiming to raise £15,000 to help feed a primary school in rural Malawi for three years. Martin explained: “The Goodman family from our church visited Malawi with their four children in summer 2008 and have supported projects out there ever since. “Earlier this year the charity was officially formed and enough money was raised for a kitchen at a primary school with 1,600 pupils in Blantyre in the South. “The incredible thing is that once the kitchen is finished it will take £7 to feed a child for a year. “If you can feed a child there it effectively means you can educate a child for a year. “The ride will be gruelling but it would be incredible to reach our target. We are training hard – practice rides so far have included Brighton and Cirencester, as well as frequent trips round the surrey hills!” In July Martin and his family will travel to Malawi with the Goodman family and three teenage friends for a range of duties including officially opening the kitchen, taking school lessons and assemblies and leading a local pastors conference. For more information about the charity visit or to donate

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