Guildford URC is unusual in having a resident Caretaker, Andrew Lee. Although COVID-19 forced cancellation of the many regular activities by the church and local community groups Andrew has kept the building active including recording components of Sunday services for our website http://www.guildfordurc.org.uk/category/virtual-service/ and supervising our collection for Guildford’s Salvation Army Food Bank.
When the organisers of the London Marathon challenged fundraisers to find other ideas Andrew came up with a special event for Christian Aid Week: the Lockdown Marathon – 26 miles indoors in Guildford URC! On Tuesday 12 May he completed 439 (and a half) circuits of the building, the longest walk he’d ever done, completed in
just under 10 hours. He was almost too tired to comment at the end but said I hadn’t foreseen quite how difficult this would be but the result was well worth the pain and I really appreciated all the moral support from well-wishers during the day.
The church occupies a prominent site on a main road so this event helped raise the profile of Christian Aid and the church itself.
Church members, Andrew’s friends and family, and other local well-wishers responded magnificently and, including the Synod’s doubling of donations designated for Commitment for Life, raised the staggering total of nearly £6200. Congratulations, Andrew!
YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYI8K_rhfB8&feature=youtu.be