Church trek boosts trust funds
AN Escot man has raised a grand total for local churches.
Jim Pearcy. 74, visited 132 places of worship by car, raising �1,250 for the Devon Historic Churches Trust.
On his first trip in 2005, he visited 41 and has made it an annual gesture. This year’s was the last, however, a decision Jim made after a knee operation in September 2009.
Jim, who has maintained Escot churchyard for 32 years, was joined for the second year in a row by Feniton churchwarden David Lanning. Their 160-mile one-day trip started in Escot and included Ottery, Hatherleigh, Ide, Exeter, Clyst Honiton and Aylesbeare. Among their stops was a synagogue and a Mormon church.
“We had intended to do 112 venues, but by the time we’d picked up the others we found on the way it came to 132,” said Jim.
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The trust puts the funds it receives toward the upkeep of local churches. It gave �1,500 last year toward Escot church roof. Jim recently received a letter from its chairman thanking him for his efforts.
He said: “People have been very good-hearted with their sponsorship, and I’m really pleased with the amount we raised.”
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