CAMBS: Archdeacon completes 483 mile charity cycle ride to visit all his churches

PUBLISHED: 14:44 13 July 2009 | UPDATED: 09:10 02 June 2010

Bishop of Huntingdon congratulates Hugh McCurdy

Bishop of Huntingdon congratulates Hugh McCurdy

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."

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.

wHugh McCurdy's fundraising initiative is part of the 900th anniversary celebrations taking place in the Diocese this year.


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