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Explore the beauty and uniqueness of Cambridge by taking part in this year’s Bridge the Gap walk throughout August and September.

The family-friendly fundraiser can this year be completed in one day or over several days between Friday, August 13 and Friday, September 10.

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

Bridge the Gap, sponsored by The Cambridge Building Society, raises funds for Arthur Rank Hospice Charity and Romsey Mill and is once again being supported by the Cambridge Independent.

It has historically hosted upwards of 2,000 walkers each year, taking them through the stunning grounds of University of Cambridge colleges.

With the colleges closed to the public last year, the organising committee provided a walk with a difference.

It was well received by 1,300 participants, who helped to raise more than £17,000 for the charities.

This year, with access to the colleges still limited, the Bridge the Gap committee have come up with another fantastic walk, showcasing well-known and loved parts of the city as well as taking in some of the beautiful but overlooked sites, to attract both supporters of the charities and those across Cambridgeshire hoping to re-engage with the city.

The five-mile route will be self-guided and can be completed at participants’ own pace, over a time and day of their own choosing.

It will include locations and highlights not previously featured on Bridge the Gap walks, as well as details in familiar places that may have previously escaped walkers’ notice.

Bridge the Gap 2021 will take in beautiful scenery (47598215)
Bridge the Gap 2021 will take in beautiful scenery (47598215)

Registration opens today (Wednesday, May 26) at £8 per person, with under-16s able to take part for free. The fee covers the event pack, which includes a guide booklet filled with route directions and interesting facts, a map detailing the route, and a special activity for those wanting an extra challenge while they walk.

Participants will also receive a link to a special podcast prepared by fellow media partner, Cambridge 105 Radio.

Proceeds, including any sponsorship raised by walkers, will be split evenly between the two charities.

The route is wheelchair and pushchair friendly, but participants are responsible for their own safety.

Sharon Allen, chief executive for the Arthur Rank Hospice charity, said: “Bridge the Gap is a highlight of our year for colleagues, volunteers and supporters. The last year has really encouraged us all to take a moment to look around, value what is on our doorsteps, and we’re confident those taking part will really enjoy what we have planned. The money raised is so crucial in funding our vital services.

“Our care is available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day and every single person who signs up is supporting our compassionate team to help us to make every moment count for our patients and their families.”

Bridge the Gap raises money for Arthur Rank Hospice Charity and Romsey Mill (47598217)
Bridge the Gap raises money for Arthur Rank Hospice Charity and Romsey Mill (47598217)

Neil Perry, chief executive at Romsey Mill, added: “Bridge the Gap is a brilliant example of Cambridge at its best! People from different situations coming together to participate in a unique event and, in doing so, contributing towards the vital work of two local charities. We love putting this event together and are confident that everyone who takes part will have fun and enjoy themselves.

“We also know that their participation will help to generate essential funds towards the work of both charities, helping to ensure that vital care and support reaches those in our county who need it most.”

Peter Burrows, CEO at The Cambridge Building Society, said: “This is a fantastic community-led event and we’ll be encouraging our customers and team members to get involved.”

More than 38,000 walkers have taken part over 20 years, raising £570,000.

Register online at arhc.org.uk/btg.

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