Over £440,000 has now been raised by Cambridge’s Bridge the Gap walk, enabling each of the two benefitting charities to receive a grand total of £21,205 this year. The unique walk, which took place on Sunday 11 September, treated participants to unrivalled views of the City’s colleges, gardens and even the University Library, in a fitting celebration of the building’s 600th anniversary.
1477 people registered before the event and 636 signed up on the day itself, to walk the route in the glorious sunshine and enjoying temperatures of 20 degrees. Trevor George from Cambridge who took part in the walk for the first time with his wife Maureen, said: “I’ve always fancied doing it this: I was a policeman in Cambridge for 30 odd years and I’ve walked most of this area but not in the way I’ve done it today – looking at it slowly and enjoying the history of the place. One of the views looking off Clare Bridge is phenomenal and as you look towards St John’s you’ve got an old building, part of Trinity Hall, which I thought was stunning.”
The funds, raised by registration fees and walkers’ sponsorship will be evenly split between Arthur Rank Hospice Charity and Romsey Mill. Donna Talbot, Director of Fundraising and Communications at Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, says: “We’ve been blown away by the support that Bridge the Gap has received year after year, both in terms of local community support to help put the event on and the number of both residents and visitors from further afield who come and take part on their Sunday morning. We even had one gentleman from Australia email to say what a wonderful experience it was for him, and how he was taking some very happy Cambridge memories back to the southern hemisphere with him!”