The Great National Steeple Chase

2019 is a special year for the CCT, as we are celebrating caring for historic places of worship for 50 years. To mark this momentous half-century milestone CCT’s Chief Executive, Peter Aiers, will be racing non-stop against the clock to visit 50 churches in 50 hours!

As well as celebrating our 50th anniversary this epic event aims to raise urgently needed funds to defend and protect churches in the CCT’s care from heritage crime. Across the nation churches face lead theft, vandalism, damage to irreplaceable stained glass and are targeted for the precious historical artefacts they hold.

Chief Executive, Peter Aiers, will be celebrating CCT's 50th Anniversary by visiting 50 churches in 50 hours and raising funds to tackle heritage crime.

Can this really be done, we hear you ask? Yes it can! Peter will start his journey in Portland, Dorset on Thursday 25th of July before travelling up the country to the CCT’s most northerly churches and back down to finish in London on Saturday 27th of July.

The route has been fully mapped out and can be viewed here.

During his journey Peter will travel using a wide range of transport; including a helicopter, van and motorbike provided by E-bound AVX and an assortment of vintage vehicles sourced by The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs, alongside a campervan, bicycles and even a Pedicab.

Along the way Peter will meet with volunteers and local groups whose work is crucial for caring for historic churches and showcase the innovative ways historic churches can be brought to life. Learning to ride a unicycle with Circomedia in Bristol, donning a hard hat to view conservation work at Sunderland and meeting champers at Booton are just a few of the activities Peter will be participating in during his 50 hour journey.

Peter would love to see as many people on the route as possible, so please come to cheer Peter on at your local church. If you would like to support Peter with fundraising activities please get in touch with your Local Community Officer or contact the Communications team.

Please support Peter on his fundraising journey by joining Peter at your local church and join the fight against heritage crime by donating to The Great National Steeple Chase campaign. Your donations will have a real impact in helping us to fight back and protect our churches across the country.