Our picture gallery as more than 2,000 enjoy Bridge the Gap walk in Cambridge

PUBLISHED: 21:11 09 September 2018 | UPDATED: 21:18 09 September 2018

Walkers set off on the Bridge the Gap Walk 2018. Picture: Keith Heppell

Walkers set off on the Bridge the Gap Walk 2018. Picture: Keith Heppell

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Stroll took in six Cambridge colleges and raised money for Arthur Rank Hospice and Romsey Mill

The 17th annual Bridge the Gap charity walk was completed by more than 2,000 people on Sunday (September 9) raising tens of thousands of pounds for Arthur Rank Hospice Charity and Romsey Mill.

This year the walk, for which the Cambridge Independent was media partner, started and finished on Parker’s Piece. It took in six University of Cambridge colleges - Emmanuel, Christ’s, Sidney Sussex, Trinity, St Catharine’s and Pembroke - before visiting the recently reopened Museum of Zoology.

Donna Talbot, of Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, told the Cambridge Independent: “We are absolutely thrilled that Bridge the Gap has been a real success this year: 2,056 people have come along today and supported the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity and Romsey Mill.

“Both of these charities desperately need your funds, so we’re so grateful to everyone who’s come along and taken part today, but also to all those other people who have got involved: the Rotarians, the Co-op, all of the other suppliers that have come along and had stalls today, and not forgetting the fabulous colleges.

Golden Ticket winner Jenny Ford with daughter Amelia, and, back, from left, Carol Smith, George Ford, Darren Ford and Barry Smith. Picture: Keith HeppellGolden Ticket winner Jenny Ford with daughter Amelia, and, back, from left, Carol Smith, George Ford, Darren Ford and Barry Smith. Picture: Keith Heppell

“We had six colleges en route this year plus the Musuem of Zoology and that has proved to be a real, real hit, which is absolutely fabulous. We hope this is signs of things to come.”

She said it looked like the fundraising total since the event began in 2001 will go through the half a million pound mark this year. A target of raising £50,000 for the charities was set this year.

Donna thanked the Society of Tourist Guides, the Cambridge Independent and Cambridge 105 radio for “really getting behind the event”, and The Cambridge Building Society for being “absolutely tremendous” as headline sponsor once again.

Also supporting Bridge the Gap this year were Cambridge Assessment and TTP Group and a veritable army of brilliant volunteers who showed the way for walkers.

Bridge the Gap Walk, St Catherine's College. Picture: Keith HeppellBridge the Gap Walk, St Catherine's College. Picture: Keith Heppell

“It really is a celebration of Cambridge in all the best possible ways,” said Donna.

The Great British Bake-Off’s Ian Cumming was among those supplying cakes for the cake stall. His spectacular effort featured the Mathematical Bridge in Cambridge.

Arthur Rank supports people in Cambridgeshire living with a life-limiting illness and those in need of end-of-life care. It has a hospice at Shelford Bottom and also has a day centre in Wisbech and provides care at home through its community team.

Romsey Mill is a Cambridge-based charity helping local children, young people and families. It works with many of the most vulnerable and isolated families in Cambridge, South Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

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