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There’s still time to take part in treasure hunt-style Bridge the Gap 2020 charity walk in Cambridge




This year’s reformatted Bridge the Gap charity walk is proving to be a big success - and there is still time to enjoy it and raise money for good causes.

Rather than the traditional one-day event starting and finishing on Parker’s Piece, participants are this year enjoying a self-guided route using a special Bridge the Gap pack. Featuring a series of clues, it offers a treasure hunt-style activity with questions and answers, plus a quiz at the end.

Bridge the Gap is launched at the Guildhall. From left, Arthur Rank Hospice Charity CEO Sharon Allen, The Cambridge Building Society’s Carole Charter, deputy mayor Cllr Alex Collis and Romsey Mill’s Melody Brooker. Picture: Keith Heppell
Bridge the Gap is launched at the Guildhall. From left, Arthur Rank Hospice Charity CEO Sharon Allen, The Cambridge Building Society’s Carole Charter, deputy mayor Cllr Alex Collis and Romsey Mill’s Melody Brooker. Picture: Keith Heppell

Participants can choose any day to take part in the socially-distanced walk until Sunday September 20.

It will raise vital funds for Arthur Rank Hospice Charity and Romsey Mill, and is once again sponsored by The Cambridge Building Society and supported by the Cambridge Independent.

Early reaction has been very positive. More than 920 people had registered to take part by the time it was officially launched on August 29.

Cambridge 105 Radio presenter Alex Elbro was among the first to take part.

“We thought the route, map and the quiz were really well done,” said Alex. “And despite having lived here for over 30 years, we found out facts and saw bits of Cambridge we never knew about’.

Covid-19 restrictions means the traditional-style event - in which 2,000 people walk through the city centre and many University of Cambridge colleges – was impossible.

Donna Talbot, director of fundraising and communications for Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, said: “We are absolutely delighted to hear such lovely comments and see the wonderful photos that people have shared with us. We have cherry-picked some things which we love about Cambridge and it is great to see families, work colleagues and local groups discovering their own highlights along the way too.

“We’re encouraging people to use #BTGWalk20 so we can also enjoy these and share further through our social media platforms. We would like to thank all those who have already taken part and can’t wait to hear comments over those yet to set out on the route.”

Those registering will receive a Walk Pack with sightseeing information and brain-teasing clues. Cambridge 105 radio has created an accompanying podcast, which is also available for a donation, enabling ‘virtual’ walkers to take part.

To register visit arhc.org.uk/btg or call 01223 675888.

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