You might be familiar with the Königsberg Bridge Problem, a famous mathematical puzzle which challenges players to cross each bridge in a city only once. The city of Königsberg only had seven bridges, but if you want to add a few extra levels of difficulty, you can try to crack the puzzle in Bristol - a city with 45 bridges, all of which have been illustrated in a brand new book by Jeff Lucas. Pick up a copy of 'From Brycgstow to Bristol in 45 Bridges' from our shop and flip to the back for instructions on how to play!
If your idea of a challenge also includes a bit of time out of the office and helping good causes, then why not club together with your workmates and sign up for Bristol Giving Day’s Bridges Challenge, which takes place on Wednesday 9th October this year? From short walks to a 45km all dayer, the Bridges Challenge offers a choice of six self-guided routes for you to walk, wheel and run across whilst discovering the 45 lifechanging Bristol causes and 1000 year-old history of the 45 bridges supporting them. By donating £1 (or more) per person per bridge that you cross, you'll be supporting causes that are often hidden due to lack of funds and marketing means, such as Sea Mills Community Garden, who want to keep improving community life while feeding locals with over 377kg of produce (like they did in 2018); Soundwell Music Therapy Trust who want to to continue making reluctant hearts sing; and Autism Independence who want to keep breaking down barriers.
Every person who completes a route is awarded a certificate to acknowledge their achievement and the money you raise will be shared between all of the causes represented by the Quartet Community Foundation, an organisation which supports small local charitable causes across the West of England. This year's event has been sponsored by independent UK law firm Burges Salmon and PwC, and supported by local author, Jeff Lucas and publisher Bristol Books.
For more information, or to sign up for the event, email firstname.lastname@example.org.