In September, the Reverend David Tomlinson took to his bike to complete the London Ultra Bike ride of 156 miles, orbiting London. He raised £2,000 in sponsorship. As a result of his success, he additionally unlocked a grant from Allchurches of £4,000. Allchurches Trust is one of the UK’s largest grant-making charities and gave more than £23 million to churches, charities, and communities in 2020. Its funds come from its ownership of Ecclesiastical Insurance Group.
Together, these funds will fund the church’s Persian Community Support Worker who encourages and helps the Iranian asylum seekers who belong to St Paul’s Church in the Jewellery Quarter.
David says: “I was determined to ensure that our church should continue to support our Persian sisters and brothers as they seek to integrate into life here. I am a keen cyclist and with months of practice I was able to complete my sponsored bike ride successfully. I am grateful to all those donors who agreed to sponsor me.
“I am thrilled now to receive this matched funding from Allchurches. Their generous grant completes the fundraising to pay for the church’s community worker.”
A survey will be running through September and October to enable the local community to have their say about the community services residents and businesses want from St Paul’s Church and St Paul’s Square. Anyone can complete the survey online at: