Wednesday 2nd December, 2020

More than £17,700 helps to Bridge the Gap for two well-loved local charities!

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The organisers of Cambridge’s nineteenth Bridge the Gap Charity Walk have thanked everyone who helped to ensure that this year’s event still went ahead, despite all the challenges of 2020; and in the process raised more than £17,700 for local charities Arthur Rank Hospice Charity and Romsey Mill.

Whilst this year’s walk was very different to that of previous years, it celebrated many of the wonderful aspects of Cambridge and its notable landmarks. Importantly it also brought people together in a safe fashion over a fantastic three-week window in August and September.

New features of the event this year included a pack with details of a self-guided walk and clues for walkers to answer, and a special podcast, produced by Cambridge 105 Radio, that participants could listen to as a taster for the event.

Over 1,500 walkers of all ages took part this year, in groups of up to six people. Some of the participants provided enthusiastic feedback to say how much they had enjoyed the event.

Catherine and Mick Bossy said: “We have completed Bridge the Gap walks for several years but despite not being able to go into any colleges this was one of the most memorable.”

Nigel and Lynda Taylor said: “The guided route booklet was very informative, and the quiz questions led us to discover hidden secrets which even lifetime Cambridge residents in our group of six were unaware of.”

Kevin Clarke and family said: “If you need to run the walk in the same format next year, we would be delighted to take part.”

Over eighteen consecutive years 36,500 people have now taken part in the event!

The final total raised, which may exceed £18,000 with further donations still being received, will be shared evenly between the two local charity partners Romsey Mill and Romsey Mill and Arthur Rank Hospice Charity. The annual charity walk has now raised an amazing £568,000, since it started.

 Sharon Allen, CEO of Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, commented: “We want to say ‘Thank you’ from the bottom of our hearts. The money you have raised from this year’s Bridge the Gap means Arthur Rank Hospice Charity can continue to provide our wide range of services for people who may recently have been told they have a life limiting condition, where our care and support can help them and their families, to live well. And for people who sadly are at the end of their lives, where our care and support whether in their own home or here in the Hospice means a good death and support for the whole family. Your support means we really can make every moment count."

Continued support from headline sponsor The Cambridge Building Society, and TTP Group, Cambridge Assessment and the Rotary Club of Cambridge, enabled the team to plan this year’s Bridge the Gap walk. The Committee also offered their grateful thanks to Cambridge 105 Radio, the Co-op, and Cambridge Independent for their support in planning and promoting this year’s event.

 Neil Perry, Chief Executive of Romsey Mill, said: “We are grateful to everyone who has engaged with Romsey Mill, through this year’s Bridge the Gap, whether as an event sponsor, a partner, or a participant on the walk. We all know that Cambridge is a place of creativity, learning and innovation. We also know it is a place of stark inequalities. Your money will help Romsey Mill to create positive opportunities with young people and families, so that they can: establish and enjoy friendships; receive support and learn new skills; and increase their resilience and hope for the future. On behalf of the whole Romsey Mill team, I want to say a very big, Bridge the Gap, ‘Thank you!’“

 Peter Burrows, Chief Executive at The Cambridge Building Society, the event’s headline sponsor, concluded: “We were delighted to be headline sponsor of Bridge the Gap for the twelfth year. Supporting the community is at the heart of what we do at The Cambridge, and we are very proud to continue to play an active part in raising an incredible amount of money for these two important charities. We know how vital these funds are for Arthur Rank Hospice Charity and Romsey Mill, and the real difference they can make for local people.Congratulations to both charities.”

 The Bridge the Gap Committee has already started planning the 2021 event. If you would be interested in supporting next year’s Bridge the Gap walk, which will take place in September 2020, please contact Arthur Rank Hospice Charity on 01223 675888 or email fundraising@arhc.org.uk; or Romsey Mill on 01223 566492 or email development@romseymill.org.