Terrific trio take on 960mile challenge to beat poverty

Pictured is Rev Phil Batchford, right, and pals Rev Graham Duncan and Rev Harry Steele who are taking on a charity cycling challenge.

Pictured is Rev Phil Batchford, right, and pals Rev Graham Duncan and Rev Harry Steele who are taking on a charity cycling challenge.

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A terrific trio of reverends from Sheffield are taking on a 960mile cycle ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise about £5,000 in their fight against poverty.

Phil Batchford, of the Vine, at Upperthorpe, Graham Duncan, of St Mary’s, at Bramall Lane, and Harry Steele, of St Peter’s, at Greenhill, will be using pedal power to support the FoodCycle charity and they will be camping along the route.

Rev Batchford said: “We run FoodCycle schemes in the city at The Vine and at The Baptist Church, on Cemetery Road, and we’re planning to launch one at St Peter’s and this is all being overseen by St Mary’s.

“FoodCycle schemes involve volunteers using waste food from supermarkets and other retailers to cook up vegetarian lunches served as community meals and this supports the fight against poverty and food wastage.”

The three reverends hope to complete their challenge - which starts on June 27 - within 12 days and have been training hard with rides of up to 100 miles.

Any businesses interested in supporting the trio with kit and equipment for their ride are urged to contact Rev Batchford on 07722 984837.

Those interested in pledging sponsor money towards the cause can also visit http://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/stmarys-communitycentre/foodcycle or call Rev Batchford.