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In pictures: Bridge the Gap 2023 takes place in glorious sunshine





It promised a glorious walk through some of Cambridge’s most beautiful scenery – and 2023’s Bridge the Gap certainly delivered.

Bridge the Gap 2023, Newnham College. Picture: Keith Heppell
Bridge the Gap 2023, Newnham College. Picture: Keith Heppell

Taking place in glorious late summer sunshine, the charity walk – which raises money for Arthur Rank Hospice and Romsey Mill, took in six University of Cambridge colleges – Downing, Darwin, Selwyn, King’s and Emmanuel, and Newnham, which took part for the first time, as did Ridley Hall Theological College.

More than 1,350 people helped raise £21,000 and counting at Sunday’s walk, which was supported again by the Cambridge Independent.

Bridge the Gap 2023, Darwin College. Picture: Keith Heppell
Bridge the Gap 2023, Darwin College. Picture: Keith Heppell
Bridge the Gap 2023, Newnham College. Picture: Keith Heppell
Bridge the Gap 2023, Newnham College. Picture: Keith Heppell
Bridge the Gap 2023, Newnham College. Picture: Keith Heppell
Bridge the Gap 2023, Newnham College. Picture: Keith Heppell
Bridge the Gap 2023, Newnham College. Picture: Keith Heppell
Bridge the Gap 2023, Newnham College. Picture: Keith Heppell
Bridge the Gap 2023, Newnham College. Picture: Keith Heppell
Bridge the Gap 2023, Newnham College. Picture: Keith Heppell
Bridge the Gap 2023, Darwin College. Picture: Keith Heppell
Bridge the Gap 2023, Darwin College. Picture: Keith Heppell
Bridge the Gap 2023, Newnham College. Picture: Keith Heppell
Bridge the Gap 2023, Newnham College. Picture: Keith Heppell
Bridge the Gap 2023, Newnham College. Picture: Keith Heppell
Bridge the Gap 2023, Newnham College. Picture: Keith Heppell
Bridge the Gap 2023, Darwin College. Picture: Keith Heppell
Bridge the Gap 2023, Darwin College. Picture: Keith Heppell
Bridge the Gap 2023, Darwin College. Picture: Keith Heppell
Bridge the Gap 2023, Darwin College. Picture: Keith Heppell

Sharon Allen, CEO of Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, said: “Our huge thanks to everyone who joined us on Sunday and helped make this, yet again, such a special event.

“It was wonderful to see so many people come out to support our two charities. The weather was amazing and showed off the city and grounds and gardens of the colleges at their beautiful best.

“We are extremely grateful to the colleges for their continued support, as well as to our sponsors, supporters, volunteers – everyone who contributed.”

Bridge the Gap 2023, Darwin College. Picture: Keith Heppell
Bridge the Gap 2023, Darwin College. Picture: Keith Heppell
Bridge the Gap 2023, Downing College. Picture: Keith Heppell
Bridge the Gap 2023, Downing College. Picture: Keith Heppell
Bridge the Gap 2023, Downing College. Picture: Keith Heppell
Bridge the Gap 2023, Downing College. Picture: Keith Heppell
Bridge the Gap 2023, Downing College. Picture: Keith Heppell
Bridge the Gap 2023, Downing College. Picture: Keith Heppell
Bridge the Gap 2023, Downing College. Picture: Keith Heppell
Bridge the Gap 2023, Downing College. Picture: Keith Heppell

There was music from Waterbeach Brass Band at Emmanuel College and City of Cambridge Brass Band and The Blue Clovers at Parker’s Piece, and help from 120 volunteers.

Neil Perry, chief executive of Romsey Mill, said: “What a brilliant day! The weather was stunning, the route was superb, and our volunteers and route marshals were fantastic. Thank you to everyone.”

Peter Burrows, CEO of The Cambridge Building Society, the headline sponsor, said: “We are so pleased and proud to invest in, and help plan, this unique community event, supporting great local charities.

“There were 100 people from our team and their families taking part and it was great to see so many happy faces.”

Bridge the Gap 2023. Picture: Keith Heppell
Bridge the Gap 2023. Picture: Keith Heppell
Bridge the Gap 2023. Picture: Keith Heppell
Bridge the Gap 2023. Picture: Keith Heppell
Bridge the Gap 2023. Picture: Keith Heppell
Bridge the Gap 2023. Picture: Keith Heppell
Bridge the Gap 2023. Picture: Keith Heppell
Bridge the Gap 2023. Picture: Keith Heppell
Bridge the Gap 2023, Mayor of Cambridge, Cllr Jenny Gawthrope Wood, with Neil Whiteside from Cambridge 105. Picture: Keith Heppell
Bridge the Gap 2023, Mayor of Cambridge, Cllr Jenny Gawthrope Wood, with Neil Whiteside from Cambridge 105. Picture: Keith Heppell

Bridge the Gap has raised more than £660,000 since its launch in 2011. Other sponsors include TTP Group, Cambridge University Press and Assessment and Cambridge City Rotary Club. Other partners include The Co-op and Cambridge 105 Radio.

[Read more: Rotary Cambridge members visit Arthur Rank Hospice to see first hand how £22,800 donations help]

For more information, visit arhc.org.uk/fundraising/events-challenges/bridge-the-gap/.



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