Methodist minister to cycle from Sheffield to Assisi

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

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

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

Stephen said: 'In my 50th year, I'm ready for my second midlifecrisis and looking forward to French country lanes, alpinepanoramas and the Italian foothills. I'm particularly lookingforward to cycling through the Jura in Eastern France and inSwitzerland and Northern Italy, though I strongly suspect I will bepushing and not cycling by then! I'm not looking forward to thecamping or getting lost… or my very poor French and total lack ofItalian!'

Stephen continues: 'I chose to fundraise for MRDF because I knowthat the funds are used well in communities, and they are a goodencouragement.'

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

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