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Bridge the Gap Charity walk – get involved!

Bridge the Gap is once again expected to be a fantastic family day out or an opportunity for friends or work colleagues to get an insight of our impressive city.

This popular annual walk will take you to visit some of the stunning Cambridge Colleges and their gardens, which aren’t normally open to the general public. 2018 is set to be another super year featuring Christ’s College, Sidney Sussex College, St Catharine’s College, Trinity College and Pembroke College  with walkers also looking forward to being captivated by the fabulous exhibits at the newly opened Museum of Zoology which will also serve as a checkpoint on route!

This year the walk takes place on Sunday 9 September and will start and finish from Parker’s Piece, with the Society of Cambridge Tourist Guides on hand throughout to offer interesting historical tales and provide an array of information about their stunning grounds and features, plus you’ll be able to hear music from the hugely talented Waterbeach Brass Band as you wander around.

At the end of the walk a lively atmosphere in the tea tent will welcome you back, so all you need to do is sit back and enjoy a slice of cake.

This year is cause for extra celebration for headline sponsor Cambridge Building Society, as they celebrate a decade of helping to fund and organise the event. Peter Burrows, Finance Director for The Cambridge explains why they are so passionate about being involved: “Bridge the Gap provides the perfect opportunity to get involved with your local community – it’s an event for the local community, organised by the local community to benefit the local community.

“The great thing about it, is that it’s open to everyone. Not only does it give an opportunity to explore the Colleges that those who live here might take for granted but it raises much needed funds for two local charities whose valuable work really does make a difference to people’s lives.”

The Bridge the Gap team additionally consists of Arthur Rank Hospice Charity – a long standing beneficiary – and Romsey Mill who came on board in 2016, as well as TTPCambridge Assessment and the Rotary Club of Cambridge who continue to sponsor the walk ensuring that 100% of the entry fee directly benefits the Charities. New for 2018, Bridge the Gap is delighted to welcome Co-op Food Stores to the organising committee – who are supporting with event promotion, water and volunteer support – as well as media partners Cambridge Independent and Cambridge 105 Radio.

Tasha Hills, Senior Events and Marketing Officer for Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, comments: “I always really enjoy working with the colleges to plan the route and once again, I am confident there is much to see, for both new and returning walkers. There are so many stories behind each of the Colleges and we’re looking forward to the Society of Cambridge Tourists Guides sharing their wealth of knowledge with our participants.”

Neil Perry, Chief Executive of Romsey Mil, adds: “Every one of the 2000 walkers who takes part in this great leisurely walk through Cambridge’s beautiful College grounds and gardens is also helping others in a very real and practical sense: they are partnering with Romsey Mill and Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, and helping us in our respective work to support people in our own communities who are going through some really tough times.”

You will be in the company of more than 2000 people on this special day out, so please come along and help our community partners Arthur Rank Hospice Charity and Romsey Mill reach their fundraising goal of £50,000.

If you’d like to get involved visit http://www.arhc.org.uk/bridge-the-gap.asp or pick up an entry form from any of the Cambridge Building Society stores or branches. Online registration is available until 1pm on Friday 7 September for £18 each, or walkers can sign up on the day for £20. Children are free of charge when accompanied by a paying adult. Groups of friends, families or work colleagues are also welcome with special rates of £15 per person within a group of 10 or more, available until Friday 7 September – for group bookings please call Arthur Rank Hospice Charity on 01223 675888.

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