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Early Bird ends at midnight (Friday 14 July) for Bridge the Gap charity walk.

The event which welcomes more than 2000 people each year is finding that 2017 is no different with nearly 400 people signed already up to take part on Sunday 10 September. Participants have the unique opportunity to visit seven of Cambridge’s historic Colleges and gardens on the 2017 route, which will this year features Downing College, Corpus Christie, St Catharine’s College, St John’s College, Jesus College, Christ’s College and Emmanuel College.

With 15 years of history and more than 20,000 people taking part since it began, this ever-popular event is once again raising much needed money for two local charities Arthur Rank Hospice Charity and Romsey Mill.

Headline sponsor The Cambridge Building Society not only provide voluntarily and financial support but also enter a 100-strong team of staff, who with family and friends embark on the leisurely stroll which allows you a fabulous collection of colleges all in one day.

Entry is just £15 per person until midnight on 14 July. With up to four children free per paying adult, this is a very small fee for what is guaranteed to be fun day for all members of the family. From 15 July the price will increase to £18 and for those unable to commit in advance, the option to pay on the day will be available subject to availability at the increased rate of £20 per adult. There are also corporate rates available for groups of 10 or more enabling businesses to offer team building staff or a staff social at really attractive prices.

Participants can register online now at arhc.org.uk/bridgethegap or by picking up a registration form at any branch of The Cambridge Building Society, where Cambridge Building Society staff can always share their experience of the walk and their previous involvement as participants or volunteers.

The event will start from Parker's Piece, with the first tranche of walkers setting off at 9.30am and the last by 10.30am, providing early or slightly later risers the ability to enjoy the circular wheelchair and pushchair friendly route which covers a distance of around five miles.

Dr Lynn Morgan, Chief Executive of Arthur Rank Hospice Charity said: “Come and join us for what we promise will be a very special day. Whether you enjoy walking, plants or architecture or are simply curious to discover what lies between the walls of the Cambridge Colleges Bridge the Gap is a real feel good event. Having been involved since the start back in 2001, it is wonderful to see previous younger participants now taking part with their own families and grandparents still finding out new facts and reminiscing about years gone by. Bridge the Gap creates wonderful experiences and treasured memories by bringing people together and crucially raises funds to help us to ensure our patients and their families can make every moment count too. Because of Bridge the Gap and events like this, we have been able to care for thousands of patients to live well whilst supporting their families to live on”.

Neil Perry, Chief Executive of Romsey Mill said: “The Bridge the Gap walk is a fantastic opportunity to take  a lovely, leisurely and unique walk through the College grounds and gardens, and see some of the unique sights that Cambridge has to offer. By taking part in the Bridge the Gap walk, you are also partnering with two local charities, and helping to raise funds for Romsey Mill and Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, and the excellent work each charity does to help local people in need of support when they are going through tough times.”

Senior Events and Marketing Officer for the Arthur Rank Hospice Tasha Hills said: "The walk is a fabulous event to be involved in. We enjoy working with the Colleges to form the route and are really grateful to the support of the College Bursars and Porters for making us so welcome. The event attracts corporate groups as well as generations of families and we invite them to have an amazing day out while doing something great for two special charities. We are always delighted as people return and share their favourite bits and with a new route every year, we are sure this year will be no different”.

Chief Executive of The Cambridge Building Society, Stephen Mitcham added: “This is the ninth year we’ve been headline sponsor of this brilliant fundraiser and what’s most appealing for us is that it’s fun for all the family. It’s a truly community-led event organised by the community, for the community, to benefit the communities served by the benefiting charities.

We get involved with organising the event, volunteering on the day and we always have around 100 team members and their families taking part in the walk itself. It’s a highlight of our community calendar and it’d be great to welcome teams from other businesses on the walk”.

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