Before the Trust Deed was completed the founders were discussing the opening of country house gardens as a means of raising money for grants. Since then thanks to the kindness of landowners, gardeners and plants-people this has remained a popular addition to Sundays throughout the county and is now widely copied by other local and national charities.
Another important source of both fundraising and publicity for the Trust was the inauguration of the annual Sponsored Cycle ride in 1984. During its first year it raised £29,000 to be divided between the Trust and the riders’ own churches. Since then it has continued to be a valuable source of revenue for both the Trust and riders’ churches and has now been re-named “Ride and Stride” to include walkers, runners, those using wheelchairs or mobility scooters and horse riders as well as cycle riders.
Since its inception the Trust has given grants of more than £1,750,000 (in today’s money) for the preservation, and repair of Churches in Lincolnshire in order to keep them open as places of active worship. Grant giving during the first decade of the new millennium was greatly enhanced by generous block donations from WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental) totalling around £800,000.
LCT Trustees are drawn from the length and breadth of Lincolnshire and encompass many different areas of expertise. The Trust is honoured and proud that HRH The Prince of Wales is its Patron.