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The Bridge the Gap charity walk is set to return – and will be celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Neil Thompson, from Romsey Mill, and Jodie Vaughan, from Arthur Rank Hospice, at Reality Checkpoint on Parker’s Piece, the start and finish point for this year’s Bridge the Gap . Picture: Keith Heppell
Neil Thompson, from Romsey Mill, and Jodie Vaughan, from Arthur Rank Hospice, at Reality Checkpoint on Parker’s Piece, the start and finish point for this year’s Bridge the Gap . Picture: Keith Heppell

This year’s family-friendly fundraiser will take place between Friday, August 13 and Friday, September 10, raising funds for Arthur Rank Hospice Charity and Romsey Mill.

Bridge the Gap, sponsored by The Cambridge Building Society and supported again by the Cambridge Independent, has historically hosted upwards of 2,000 walkers annually, with people attracted by the chance to see stunning sites such as the University of Cambridge colleges.

However, with college access limited for a second year due to the pandemic, the organising committee is again delivering a walk with a difference. The 2021 route is about 3.5 miles long and takes in a number of the city’s open spaces and iconic views.

The walk is self-guided and can be completed at participants’ own pace and convenience, over a time period and on a day of their own choosing. Participants will also be able to take advantage of discounts that the event organisers have secured for the City View Wheel, the Round Church and local ice-cream shop, Jack’s Gelato.

The event costs £8 per person, with under-16s able to take part for free. Sharon Allen, CEO for Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, said: “I’m thrilled that over 400 people have already registered for this year’s Bridge the Gap.

Checking out some of the material for Bridge the Gap are, clockwise from bottom left, Neil Perry from Romsey Mill, Victoria Stubbs, chief risk officer at The Cambridge, and Sharon Allen, CEO of Arthur Rank Hospice. Picture: Keith Heppell
Checking out some of the material for Bridge the Gap are, clockwise from bottom left, Neil Perry from Romsey Mill, Victoria Stubbs, chief risk officer at The Cambridge, and Sharon Allen, CEO of Arthur Rank Hospice. Picture: Keith Heppell

"This includes several local companies, who see the event as an opportunity for their employees to reconnect in a fun, social and community-minded way, which is an absolutely brilliant idea given the challenges faced during the past 18 months.”

Neil Perry, chief executive at Romsey Mill, added: “Bridge the Gap is a real highlight in Cambridge’s calendar of events. It continues to provide a brilliant opportunity for people to explore and celebrate the unique beauty of our city.

"And after this most challenging of years for everyone, including both charities, Bridge the Gap demonstrates what can be achieved for good when local people and organisations come together.”

Over the 20 years since Bridge the Gap began, more than 38,000 walkers have taken part and more than £570,000 has been raised for local charities.

To register and for more details about the walk, call 01223 675888 or visit arhc.org.uk/btg.

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