17 April 2012

Methodist minister to cycle from Sheffield to Assisi

A Methodist minister is embarking on a three-month cycle ride to raise money for a charity that works in some of the world's poorest communities.

Revd Stephen Pratt, a Methodist minister from Gleadless in Sheffield, will cycle from Sheffield to Assisi in aid of the Methodist Relief and Development Fund (MRDF).

49-year-old Stephen's cycle route will also include London, Taize in France, the Col du Grand Saint Bernard in Switzerland and Aosta in Italy. He will set off in the last week of April and hopes to finish in July.

Stephen said: 'In my 50th year, I'm ready for my second midlife crisis and looking forward to French country lanes, alpine panoramas and the Italian foothills. I'm particularly looking forward to cycling through the Jura in Eastern France and in Switzerland and Northern Italy, though I strongly suspect I will be pushing and not cycling by then! I'm not looking forward to the camping or getting lost… or my very poor French and total lack of Italian!'

Stephen continues: 'I chose to fundraise for MRDF because I know that the funds are used well in communities, and they are a good encouragement.'

Stephen cycled the C2C from Whitehaven to Sunderland in 2010 and has been looking forward to this pilgrimage ever since.

To sponsor Stephen, visit here. To see how he's getting on (or not) visit here

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