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Bear Grylls gives backing to church fundraiser

He's encouraging people to check out their local places of worship for the 'Ride+Stride' open churches day.

He said: "Many historic churches and chapels are battling to survive. Roofs leak, ancient timbers rot and medieval stonework crumbles.
 
"Now you can help by joining the Ride+Stride adventure on Saturday 13 September 2014, a sponsored bike ride or walk discovering beautiful churches, which also raises money for their repair and preservation.
 
"With thousands to choose from, there is no shortage of fantastic churches, chapels and meeting houses to explore."

It's hoped, in total, £1.5m will be raised to support the estimated 12,500 churches facing a repair backlog of £60m.

Eddie Tulasiewicz from the National Churches Trust spoke on Premier's News Hour about how so many people value churches across the country.

He said: "A lot of England's churches are so beautiful and without them the landscape and cities would be much poorer.

"They also do so much to help communities, particularly in village areas - the church is the last thing standing."

The Archbishop of Canterbury is also supporting the cause.

Most Revd Justin Welby will start a sponsored ride in Somerset and greet those taking part.

Hear the full interview with Eddie Tulasiewicz:

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