CAMBS: Archdeacon completes 483 mile charity cycle ride to visit all his churches
THE Archdeacon of Huntingdon and Wisbech, the Ven Hugh McCurdy, has completed a 483 mile charity cycle ride during which he visited every church in his Archdeaconry. Hugh McCurdy, a keen cyclist, decided to combine his ecclesiastical duties with a keep
THE Archdeacon of Huntingdon and Wisbech, the Ven Hugh McCurdy, has completed a 483 mile charity cycle ride during which he visited every church in his Archdeaconry.
Hugh McCurdy, a keen cyclist, decided to combine his ecclesiastical duties with a keep-fit fundraising challenge. As Archdeacon, he is responsible for the care of clergy and church communities in the north and west of Ely diocese - an area that covers North Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire and West Norfolk.
During his 13-day trek, he stopped at all 181 churches where local people turned out to greet him and join him in prayer.
"It was a wonderful experience and a great privilege to meet and pray with so many enthusiastic volunteers," said Archdeacon McCurdy after completing his cycle ride. "It's good to finish, and I'm feeling physically much fitter."
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He has already raised over �1,000 from sponsorship and aims to break the �4,000 barrier.
The money will go to Five Talents which supports micro-finance initiatives in developing countries and the local Norfolk and Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trusts which give financial help towards church repairs.
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wHugh McCurdy's fundraising initiative is part of the 900th anniversary celebrations taking place in the Diocese this year.