Saturday, 18 November 2017

Cyclist rides 50 miles for Christian reconciliation charity

A FORMER teacher from Bix completed a 50-mile sponsored cycle challenge in aid of the Christian International

A FORMER teacher from Bix completed a 50-mile sponsored cycle challenge in aid of the Christian International Peace Service.

John Hopkins, 65, cycled from the village to the charity’s office in Brixton in about four-and-a-half hours and raised almost £800.

Mr Hopkins, who is an ambassador for the charity, said: “It was good fun and a really good ride. I followed the river some of the way and cycle paths.”

The Christian International Peace Service, or Chips, was started in Bix by Roy Calvocoressi in 1966. He died in 2012.

Its focus is reconciliation and its workers live and pray with people in areas of tension and currently run peacemaking ministries in Ghana and Uganda.



Mr Hopkins, who used to teach business studies at The Henley College, said: “I’m pleased to have made a contribution.

“Probably the reason I support Chips is because of the relationship I had with Roy. As the founder of the organisation, he created a very strong impression on me. With his commitment and vision, he was an absolutely amazing man.”

Mr Calvocoressi’s widow Elfrida, who chairs the charity’s trustees, said: “I’m so grateful for all that John has done for Chips. He has always been very special to us and the charity.”

To donate, visit mydonate.bt.com/ fundraisers/johnhopkins2



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