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The Bridge the Gap committee
The Bridge the Gap committee

More than 1,000 people have already signed up for the Bridge the Gap charity walk in Cambridge – and there is still time to join them.

Bridge the Gap is supported by The Cambridge Building Society
Bridge the Gap is supported by The Cambridge Building Society

The walk, on Sunday, September 9, starts on Parker’s Piece and meanders through Emmanuel College, Christ’s College, Sidney Sussex College, Trinity College, St Catharine’s College and Pembroke College, and will also visit the recently-reopened Museum of Zoology.

Supported by the Cambridge Independent and sponsored by The Cambridge Building Society, the walk raises money for Arthur Rank Hospice, which has been a beneficiary since the event began in 2001, and Romsey Mill, which came on board in 2016. Melbourn company TTP, Cambridge Assessment and the Rotary Club of Cambridge also continue to sponsor the walk, which means that 100 per cent of the entry fee benefits the charities.

Cheryl Elvy, from Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, said: “Having started working for the hospice as social media officer in August 2017, last year’s Bridge the Gap was the first event I covered and also the first time I had taken part in the walk.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the whole day and the atmosphere I felt whilst joining walkers of all ages on the route was fantastic. Living in Cambridge all my life, I can’t quite believe I have never taken the time to visit the landmarks which feature on the route and learn about the history of our great city.

The Museum of Zoology is on the route. Picture: University of Cambrige / Julieta Sarmiento
The Museum of Zoology is on the route. Picture: University of Cambrige / Julieta Sarmiento

“This event certainly gives you behind-the-scenes access to parts of Cambridge often not open to the public along with helping two amazing local charities.

“It’s set to be another great event this year especially with a stop at the Museum of Zoology added to the route for the first time. We’d love anyone walking to get involved by sharing your photos of the day on social media and tagging ArthurRankHospiceCharity and RomseyMill for Facebook and @ArthurRankHouse and @RomseyMill for Twitter and don’t forget the hashtag #BTGwalk.”

There is always something new to enjoy on the walk each year. This time, walkers will enjoy music from Jazzwave Jazz Band, 3Folk, Cambridge City and Waterbeach Brass Band, and the Lindy Hoppers will be dancing along to the music on Parker’s Piece.

The Society of Cambridge Tourist Guides has offered its support and will be sharing interesting insights and pointing out historical highlights.

Anne Reader, from Arthur Rank Hospice, has taken part in the walk for every one of the past 16 years.

“I always enjoy it and it is amazing that the route is different every time,” she said. “You always notice new things, even if you revisit some of the colleges you have been into before. We are so lucky to be able to see inside the beautiful grounds of so many colleges and it is a lovely morning for all ages.

“Over the years, I have encouraged many people to take part too. It is a very special event and I try to share news of this event with as many people as we can so I can help raise money for Arthur Rank Hospice and the important work they do locally.”

Show your support by signing up by 1pm on Friday, September 7 at arhc.org.uk/BTG or call 01223 675888. You can also pick up a registration form in person from Romsey Mill in Hemingford Road, Cambridge, or at Arthur Rank Hospice, adjacent to Babraham Road Park & Ride, or any of the charities’ shops. Forms are also available from The Cambridge Building Society and branches of co-op across the county.

Prices are £18 per adult until 1pm on September 7, or £20 on the day. Children are free of charge when accompanied by a paying adult. Special rates of £15 per person for groups of 10 or more are available until September 7. Call 01223 675888.

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