Bound for Truro Conference on Christian persecution

Bike Pilgrimage

Release International’s Bike Pilgrims have reached the midpoint of their epic cycle ride to support persecuted Christians.

Retired vicar Robert De Berry is leading the pack of dedicated cyclists from one of the most Easterly points in England to the furthest West you can travel before plunging into the sea.


So far, he’s ridden from North Foreland Point Lighthouse in Kent to Land’s End. Now he’s heading home.

Throughout his journey, Robert is speaking in local churches to encourage prayer for our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world.

On June 6 he will be attending a major supporter conference: A global persecution of Christians: Where do we go from here? (For more details of the conference, see below).



The Bike Pilgrims aim to raise £100,000 through sponsorship for the work of CSW and Release International.

Following the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee bank holiday, Robert and his team head back from Penzance. This time, they are taking a southerly coastal route that will bring them back to where they started at North Foreland Point. They’re due to return on June the 25th.

Robert de Berry’s speaking engagements sound almost as gruelling as the cycling. He, or others on the team, will be talking in churches in Truro, St Austell, Plymouth, Wembury, Exeter, Axminster, Seaton, Dorchester, Bournemouth, Southampton, Portsdown, Southbourne, Findon, Thakeham, Woodingdean, Peacehaven, Eastbourne, Hastings, Ashford, Folkestone – and finally Margate.


Bike Pilgrims

Despite the punishing agenda, the watchword is ‘With God, nothing will be impossible’ (Lk 1:37).



A global persecution of Christians: Where do we go from here? takes place at Truro Methodist Church from 10am to 4pm on June 6.

The Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Fiona Bruce MP, will be bringing a special message, along with Baroness Cox. Other guest speakers include Paul Robinson, CEO and Release International Volunteering Ambassador Revd Imtiaz Ashraf.

The conference is free, with donations for expenses and lunch. To register your interest in attending, which will help us with providing refreshments, please contact or message Laura on 07861 658840.