Marathon pedalling pair midway through tandem ride for Bradford church

Midway through their marathon tandem ride are Vicar of St Stephen’s, West Bowling, Bradford, the Revd Jimmy Hinton, and Sarah Hinton, Project Manager of the Shine Community Project, who are hoping to raise £60 thousand to provide their large Victorian church and community centre with  underfloor heating.

Jimmy and Sarah (pictued right at a refreshment stop) are aiming to cover 500 miles with pedal power alone for the ‘Warm the Heart’ appeal. The eight day bike ride began on Monday May 15th in the midlands and will take them from one St Stephens to another. Their ride will even be including the fictional St Stephen’s Church in the BBC Radio 4 drama The Archers before reaching the halfway point of St Stephen’s Church, Westminster where they will go into the Houses of Parliament (May 18th). They will then head back up north stopping at another 3 St Stephen’s Churches on their way home.

The money raised will help the  Shine community project, based at St Stephen’s Church,  which runs exercise classes, jobs search clubs, arts and crafts classes, refugee welcome groups and much more for more than 250 people  each week -  as well as worship for a young and growing church family.  At the moment any heat is provided by blankets, hot water bottles and a congregation which, according to Sarah Hinton, the Project manager, “huddles together for warmth in the winter.”

You can follow their mammoth ride on Twitter  with regular  updates and each night they are uploading a video log (*Vlog) onto Youtube, twitter and direct on Facebook.

Donations are welcome through the  Warm the Heart appeal website,