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Thanks to your generosity, all challenge funds for the College have been unlocked, ensuring our students thrive at Cambridge.

The Lucy Cavendish College Community has unlocked £302,195.06 in five years of the Harding Challenge, through donations towards a range of student support initiatives offered by the College. As a result, we have now unlocked all of the Harding Challenge funds.

Thanks to the scheme, undergraduate students at Lucy and across the University have received bursaries (through the Cambridge Bursary Scheme) enabling them to participate more fully in the academic and wider student activities Cambridge has to offer. The awards were also shown to have a positive impact on recipients’ mental well-being, reducing the anxieties they had about finances.


Total unlocked by the Lucy Community

No. Eligible gifts

Year 1 (2019-20)



Year 2 (2020-21)



Year 3 (2021-22)



Year 4 (2022-23)



Year 5 (2023-24)



Grand Total




The Harding Challenge immensely amplified the impact of giving. Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who contributed.

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.

Read more about the Harding Challenge here.