2000 walkers explore Cambridge's Colleges and the stunning Museum of Zoology, as funds raised by Bridge the Gap Walk hit half a million

Wednesday 12 September 2018

Over 2000 supporters of Arthur Rank Hospice and Romsey Mill Charity enjoy a unique insight and walk around the Cambridge Colleges whilst raising over 30,000 for the good causes.

2056 walkers were treated to a spectacular and memorable walk on Sunday 9 September. The family-friendly 'Bridge the Gap Walk' took in six of Cambridge's famous Colleges and the recently reopened Museum of Zoology. In total 34,000 people have taken now taken part in the event, which has been running since 2002.

The Bridge the Gap Committee are delighted to announce that this year's event has already raised over 30,000, which will be evenly split between the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity and Romsey Mill. This takes the total funds raised for local charities in its seventeenth year to more than 500,000

Each year, Bridge the Gap Walk meanders around a new route, featuring different Cambridge University Colleges. Amongst some of the most talked-about highlights on this year's four mile route (which visited Emmanuel, Christ's, Sidney Sussex, Trinity, St Catherine's, Pembroke and the Museum of Zoology) were the chapel designed by Sir Christopher Wren in Emmanuel College; the underground passage to Christ's College; the Trinity College fountain (in which Lord Byron was rumoured to have swum naked); the striking chapel of Sidney Sussex College; refreshments in St Catharine's College; the banana tree next to the bowling green in Pembroke College; and the humungous 21 metre long Fin Whale skeleton in the Museum of Zoology

Whilst soaking up the colourful gardens, historical architecture and impressive skeletons, walkers were treated to facts and anecdotes by the Society of Cambridge Tourist Guides at specific points of interest. Music drifted through the air thanks to '3Folk' outside the Museum of Zoology, 'Jazz Wave' Jazz Band in the Old Court of Pembroke College and the City of Cambridge and Waterbeach Brass Band at Parker's Piece.

After crossing the Parkers Piece finish line, many stayed on to soak up the ambience of the afternoon, enjoying performances by 'The Cambridge Lindy Hoppers', children's soft play and activities courtesy of Romsey Mill, guess the number of balloons in the Cambridge Building Society car, and craft and cake stalls in the crowd-pleasing 'Time for Cake' marquee. Amongst the generous volunteers donating baked goods this year was 'Great British Bake Off' runner up 2015, Ian Cumming who had conjured up an ingenious - and delicious - chocolate and salted caramel Bridge of Sighs

This year's Bridge the Gap Walk was particularly significant to Cambridge Building Society who celebrated their 10th year as headline sponsor Their vital sponsorship and support - alongside that of Cambridge Assessment, TTP Group, Co-op, Cambridge Independent and Cambridge 105 Radio - means that every penny raised by walkers through registration fees, sponsorship and donations, directly benefits the people that Romsey Mill and Arthur Rank Hospice Charity care for and support.

Carole Charter, Head of Marketing for The Cambridge, said: "Bridge the Gap provides the perfect opportunity to get involved with our local community and another fantastic day out was had by everyone. The walk saw record numbers of The Cambridge's team and their families take part and many get this date in their diaries as soon as it is announced. 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."

Neil Perry, Chief Executive of Romsey Mill, comments: "Once again, the Bridge The Gap charity walk was a tremendous event. Throughout the day I saw people smiling and having fun. On behalf of all the people that Romsey Mill works alongside, a huge 'Well done' All of the funds raised by the Bridge the Gap walkers will go to Arthur Rank Hospice Charity and Romsey Mill. This will make a massive difference to local young lives, particularly those experiencing disadvantage, as Romsey Mill continues to create opportunities with young people, children and families."

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