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Lucy Cavendish students will receive Bursaries from October 2021

The Lucy Cavendish College Community has unlocked over £107,000 in the second year of the Harding Challenge, through donations towards a range of student support initiatives offered by the College. These funds will be combined with those unlocked by supporters of other colleges, before being redistributed across Cambridge to fund the new enhanced Cambridge Bursary Scheme starting in October 2021. Thanks to the scheme, undergraduate students at Lucy and across the University will receive bursaries enabling them to participate more fully in the academic and wider student activities Cambridge has to offer. During a recent pilot, the awards were shown to have a positive impact on recipients’ mental well-being, reducing the anxieties they had about finances.

The amount unlocked by Lucy supporters increased by £97,000 when compared with Year One of the Challenge, with an increase of 179% in the number of eligible gifts.


Total unlocked by the Lucy Community

No. eligible gifts

Total at 31 July 2021



Year One (2019-20)



Year Two (2020-21)



Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who contributed in the first two years.

The Harding Challenge continues to amplify the impact of giving as Year Three (2021-22) gets underway. Gifts to Lucy toward student support from supporters who have never given to the collegiate University before, supporters who made a Harding Challenge-eligible gift in its first and/or second year, and supporters who last gave a gift on or before 31 July 2019 all qualify to unlock further Harding Challenge funds.

The Challenge presents a wonderful opportunity to multiply your support for students who need it most. To take advantage of the Harding Challenge today, make a donation or contact Tom Hawker-Dawson, the Deputy Development Director for more information.

About the Harding Challenge:

In 2019 Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Toope announced the Harding Challenge, made possible by the £100 million gift from David and Claudia Harding earlier that year. The Hardings wanted to encourage new donors to give to collegiate Cambridge and support students in greatest need across the University. They wanted to provide an opportunity to enhance the impact of your generosity and multiply the power of your giving, whilst supporting student life and wellbeing to ensure students can truly thrive at Cambridge.

Eligible gifts will unlock, pound for pound, a contribution to a special fund for undergraduate financial support which will benefit not only students at Lucy Cavendish College, but undergraduates in greatest need across Cambridge. Gifts of any size up to £100,000 qualify — every pound makes a difference.

Read more about the Harding Challenge here.