This year’s Bridge the Gap walk will take place on Sunday 15 September!

It has been announced that Cambridge’s popular annual Bridge the Gap charity walk around Cambridge, its Colleges and their gardens will take place on Sunday 15 September. The route, which will be finalised soon, will see the return of the Cambridge University Library, a highlight in the 2017 walk, as well as the inclusion of Downing, Christ’s and Queens’ College and two further Colleges.

More than 2000 people are expected to join the benefiting charities, Romsey Mill and Arthur Rank Hospice, at the start line on Parker’s Piece later this year. The walk guides participants through a selection of Cambridge colleges, their gardens and well-known historical streets. Many participants return year after year, with the route changing and taking in new corners of the City each year. For those new to the walk, or keen to learn more about it’s secrets, the Cambridge Society of Tour Guides will be on hand to share interesting historic and current facts about the highlights and features along the route.

The Bridge the Gap committee is delighted to confirm the continued support of Cambridge Building Society as headline sponsors and Cambridge Assessment, TTP group, The Rotary Club of Cambridge and the Co-op as event partners.

Over the past 17 years, nearly £505,000 has been raised to benefit local charities, so this relaxed and enjoyable Sunday morning is a great way to get to know the City whilst also supporting these worthy causes.

The walk is a real community occasion following months of planning and working in partnership by staff and volunteers at the charities, the event’s sponsors and partners, and Cambridge’s Colleges and local businesses. Cambridge Building Society, TTP group, Cambridge Assessment, The Rotary Club of Cambridge and the Co-op are proud supporters of this event, some having been involved for many years. Each organisation appreciates the importance of the event and recognises that funds raised from it have huge impact for each of the charities involved.

Peter Burrow, Finance Director at The Cambridge, comments:
“Bridge the Gap is a firm fixture on our calendar here at The Cambridge, and we’re delighted to be confirmed headline sponsors once again this year. The event goes from strength to strength every year and is a well-loved event for Cambridge residents and visitors. We’re looking forward to playing an active role in raising an incredible amount of money for two important charities for the 11th year running!”

Ian Cummings, who became a household name following his appearance on the Great British Bake Off in 2015, continues to support the event for a second year. For the 2018 walk he used (a lot of!) chocolate matchmakers to sculpt the Mathematical Bridge which Queen’s College is famous for. He is promising that he will create something equally as impressive to wow walkers with, at this year’s walk!

Once the walk is complete participants are encouraged to enjoy the music and entertainment that they will return to at Parker’s Piece. These include City of Cambridge Brass Band, the Cambridge Lindy Hoppers and various food and craft stalls, where all or a contribution of money raised will also be donated to the named charities.

Sharon Allen OBE, newly appointed Chief Executive at Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, adds:
“I have heard so much about this highly respected event and am very much looking forward to being part of a special morning, working with Romsey Mill and meeting our generous and kind supporters in person. The Bridge the Gap committee are working really hard to ensure the route attracts people from near and far and I am confident securing the University Library will be a great addition.”

Neil Perry, Chief Executive of Romsey Mill, concludes:
“Bridge the Gap charity walk is unique and special example of what is possible when so many different organisations, groups and individuals come together to organise, deliver and participate in a community event that showcases some of Cambridge’s beautiful sights. It also helps to make a huge difference for two local charities. Whether you are new to Cambridge, or would like to know it better, Bridge the Gap is always a treat for those who part, and a blessing to those who benefit from its success.”

An early bird price of £16 per person is currently available until midnight on 12 July 2019. Children can attend for free (maximum of three under 16-year-olds per adult) although donations are welcome, with any extra funds raised directly benefitting both charities in their work supporting the people of Cambridgeshire. Registration is available at arhc.org.uk/btg with further information available from both Arthur Rank Hospice Charity and Romsey Mill.