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Charity: Kent High Sheriff takes to three saddles raising charity cash

Contributed by editor on Sep 13, 2017 - 03:20 PM



It was billed as ‘ride and stride’, but High Sheriff of Kent George Jessel added two other modes of transport when he supported a popular charity event at the weekend.


As well as walking and cycling, the High Sheriff took to the saddle on his daughter Amelia’s horse Calypso before choosing the more comfortable option of his vintage Rolls Royce Silver Spur to get to his last stop of the day at Canterbury Cathedral.

High Sheriff of Kent George Jessel

“I was keen to support this great event, which raises money to support Kent’s historic and beautiful churches, and I wore my High Sheriff’s regalia because it’s a way of getting people interested in the history of the role,” George explained.


“I don’t want the High Sheriff’s position to be seen as purely ceremonial. I am trying to use it to raise awareness of important issues and support some great charities, and the costume is a good way to start a conversation, particularly with younger people.”

The Friends of Kent Churches Sponsored Bike Ride and Walk is part of the national Ride+Stride. Last year’s event raised nearly £130,000 across the county, with those taking part donating half of their sponsorship to their local church and half to the Friends organisation.

George took up the challenge by walking to his local church at Brabourne before taking to Calypso for the ride to Hastingleigh.


He then switched to pedal power for his tour of Brook, Hinxhill, Mersham and Smeeth but opted for his vintage Roller for the journey to Canterbury, where he was due to attend a special service dedicated to St John Ambulance.

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