The LeicesterShire Historic Churches Trust has been presented with a Platinum Jubilee Community and Business Award by Professor Robert Allison CBE, a Deputy Lieutenant for Leicestershire.
Presenting the award to Janet Arthur MBE, Chair of the Trust, Professor Allison said:-
‘The Lord-Lieutenant’s Platinum Jubilee Awards are presented to excellent organisations that make a real difference to the people of Leicester and Leicestershire. They remember and celebrate the outstanding contribution and service made by the late Queen Elizabeth to the life of our nation.
It is a pleasure for me to present this award to The LeicesterShire Historic Churches Trust on behalf of the Lord-Lieutenant, Mike Kapur OBE. The Trust has been supporting the churches and chapels of Leicester and Leicestershire, helping to maintain an important part of this country’s cultural and spiritual heritage, since 1964.
I congratulate and thank all involved in this important work.’
The Trust is greatly honoured to be one of 70 organisations all over Leicester and Leicestershire whose work has been recognised with a Platinum Jubilee Award.
The presentation took place at St Luke’s Church Thurnby which was the church that raised the most funds (£1,492) in Ride+Stride 2021 – a wonderful contribution to the 2021 total of £35,242 which as always was shared between participating churches and the Trust. The Trust’s share of £20,000, together with other funds, is being used to give grants totalling £35,000 in 2022.
St Luke’s Church member, Janet Lount, said:– ‘St Luke’s share of Ride+Stride funds in the past two years has gone into our HUB fund, which will be used to build a Community Centre and Café in Thurnby. Work starts in early 2023’ – see www.thurnbychurch.com/hub
The LeicesterShire Historic Churches Trust raises funds to give grants to historic churches and chapels for repair and restoration projects, and for improvements such as toilets and other community facilities that will make these important heritage buildings more useful for their communities. The award also recognises the support given to hundreds of volunteers who take on the responsibility of caring for our amazing heritage of historic churches and chapels.
Ride+Stride 2022 has raised at least £29,000, with Gift Aid still to be claimed – the final figure will come through in January. Thanks to all involved!
For enquiries please contact Janet Arthur – chairman@LHCT.org.uk – 07840 543288
Photo credit – David Morcom Photography
Professor Robert Allison CBE DL presents the award to Janet Arthur MBE, Chair of the LeicesterShire Historic Churches Trust at St Luke’s Church Thurnby, with (from left to right)
Janet Lount, walker and Ride+Stride organiser for St Luke’s Church Thurnby
Brian Green, Ride+Stride walker
Janet Arthur MBE, Chair of the LeicesterShire Historic Churches Trust
Professor Robert Allison CBE DL
Gordon Arthur, Ride+Stride cyclist
Graham Boyd, welcomer for Ride+Stride and church member
Revd Tom Devas, Associate Rector at St Luke’s Church Thurnby