Three Sheffield priests start 960 mile cycle challenge for charity

28th June 2016

Three priests from the Diocese of Sheffield are taking on a 960 mile cycle ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats with the aim of raising £5,000 in their fight against poverty.

Phil Batchford, of the Vine, at Upperthorpe, Graham Duncan, of St Mary’s, at Bramall Lane, and Harry Steele, of St Peter’s, at Greenhill, will be using pedal power to support the FoodCycle charity and they will be camping along the route.

Rev Batchford said: “We run FoodCycle schemes in the city at The Vine and at The Baptist Church, on Cemetery Road, and we’re planning to launch one at St Peter’s and this is all being overseen by St Mary’s.

“FoodCycle schemes involve volunteers using waste food from supermarkets and other retailers to cook up vegetarian lunches served as community meals and this supports the fight against poverty and food wastage.”

They hope to complete their challenge - which started on 27 June - within 12 days and have been training hard with rides of up to 100 miles.

They are posting progress of their ride to a special Facebook page:

Those interested in pledging sponsor money towards the attempt can do so at:

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