The final figure of money raised for the Bishop of Guildford’s Communities Fund by volunteer athletes who took part in the Guildford Triathlon in July has now been calculated, and with Gift Aid amounts to an amazing £3,000.
Among those who took part was Bishop Jo whose first triathlon it was. She commented:
“Now that all the donations are in, I’d like to give a huge vote of thanks to all those who donated, it will mean so much to the most disadvantaged in Surrey and North East Hampshire who the Communities Fund supports."
The Parish of St Peter & St Paul Godalming also put in a team comprising the Rector, the Revd Jane Vlach, chair of the stewardship committee Helen Goatley and safeguarding officer Sarah Higgins who shared the money they raised between the Communities Fund and a fund for a new heating system for their church.
Those taking part in the Guildford Triathlon had to complete a 500m pool swim, 22km road cycle and 5km trail run.
Bishop Jo continued:
“It was amazing to see a team with a majority of beginners become empowered and excited. I’m struck by the impact of a team that makes possible what individually would be impossible. There is no way I would have found the strength to run across the finish line without their cheers of encouragement.
"Huge thanks to all those brave enough to join me and all those that have donated so much for the wonderful Communities Fund!”
The Bishop of Guildford's Communities Fund exists to reach out to disadvantaged and vulnerable people across the Diocese of Guildford in the name of Christ. Grants and practical support are offered to projects initiated by Church of England churches (and those in active partnership with them), to assist them to fulfil Goal 6 of the diocesan vision Transforming Church, Transforming Lives:
'Together to increase the range, professionalism and spiritual fruitfulness of our partnerships with the local community, to help create a stronger, fairer and more sustainable society.'
Find out more about the Bishop of Guildford's Communities Fund at www.bgcf.org.uk or make a donation to support the work of the Fund.