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Adventurous Range

Here’s a fashion label with a spirit of adventure running through its very fabric. Edmund Hillary Brands has just launched its first range of women’s clothing, inspired by the attire worn on Edmund Hillary’s iconic 1953 Mount Everest expedition and subsequent adventures. Among the collection, which has been given a feminine twist, is The Canyon, reminiscent of the 1950s Parkas that Ed wore during his trip to the South Pole; slimline European winter sports jacket The Ranger; and fitted down gilet The Couloir, featuring a three peak design detail borrowed from Sir Edmund Hillary’s Coat of Arms.

Each piece is crafted to be timeless, seasonless and durable, created from natural materials. A percentage of each sale will be donated to charities in Nepal, and outdoor initiatives in New Zealand and the UK.

Edmund Hillary brands has launched a womenswear line, Picture Julian Apse (23273049)
Edmund Hillary brands has launched a womenswear line, Picture Julian Apse (23273049)
Edmund Hillary brands has launched a womenswear line, Picture Julian Apse (23272804)
Edmund Hillary brands has launched a womenswear line, Picture Julian Apse (23272804)

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Scandi Style

Calling all adventurous souls. . . whether you’re after technical gear to tackle Mount Kilimanjaro or want a durable, eco-friendly backpack, Open Air’s new outlet on Green Street in Cambridge is likely to stock it. Dedicated exclusively to Scandinavian outdoor brand, Fjällräven, the capsule store features an array of jackets, clothing, bags and accessories. “Fjällräven is a fantastic brand that provides great quality products, whilst ensuring that sustainability is at the heart of everything it does,” explains Simon Pollard, managing director of Open Air, which has been operating in Cambridge since 1990.

The capsule store, which opened in November, is home to the largest collection of Fjällräven products south of Manchester.

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Go Dry!

If you bade farewell to 2019 in a gin-soaked stupor (then suffered the inevitable hangover), the idea of Dry January may be a welcome one! According to fitness instructor and nutritionist Cassandra Barns, banishing booze for a month helps in five ways. Energy and vitality levels will be boosted (alcohol can deplete vital vitamin and mineral stores, you see); your mood will become naturally buoyant; your libido will be reinvigorated; you’ll reclaim your weekend (rather than wasting hours in bed, cursing that last Pornstar Martini) and most importantly you’ll enjoy better quality sleep. Enhance the latter by stocking up on magnesium, known as nature’s tranquilizer, found in wholegrains, pumpkin seeds and soya. Or cheat by treating yourself to Natures Plus KalmAssure Magnesium powder, £24.50, at

On The Bright Side

Clocking up 13 miles in just five hours, as she trekked from Stretham to Cambridge, Eloise Bright has collected more than £1,770 for the Anthony Nolan charity. The 27-year-old direct debit account controller took part in the Walking Together 2019 event to raise awareness of blood cancer. It’s a cause close to her heart as her father suffers from a Myeloproliferative Neoplasm – Polycythaemia Vera - a rare form of blood cancer.

Fundraising walker Eloise Bright with her dad, Dominic (23273107)
Fundraising walker Eloise Bright with her dad, Dominic (23273107)

Eloise, from Stretham, tells Velvet: “Anthony Nolan is a pioneering charity that saves the lives of people with blood cancer. Although my Dad may never need a transplant, there are thousands of people out there who do and we wanted to raise awareness and much-needed funds to help the charity give more people a second chance of life.”

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Marathon Mission

If you’re kicking yourself at missing out on a place for Saucony’s Cambridge Half Marathon this March, don’t hang up your trainers and Garmin watch just yet. Charlie Waller Memorial Trust is offering 50 charity places for the sold-out event as part of its latest #RunForWellbeing campaign, which champions the benefits of exercise for mental wellbeing. The initiative aims to raise awareness by asking people to share personal stories on social media of how exercise has helped their mental health.

Raise money for the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust by taking one of 50 charity places at Cambridge Half Marathon (23272220)
Raise money for the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust by taking one of 50 charity places at Cambridge Half Marathon (23272220)

Cambridge’s 50 charity runners will be able to document their training journeys, while raising vital funds for the trust, established in 1997 in memory of Charlie Waller, who took his own life aged 28 whilst suffering from depression.

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Wonder Walk

Over 35,000 people have taken part in the Bridge the Gap charity walk over the past 18 years, raising an incredible £550,000. The enormous success of the fundraiser, which sees thousands of walkers stroll the beautiful grounds of Cambridge’s colleges, was celebrated with a special event hosted by headline sponsor The Cambridge Building Society, when a cheque for £47,645 was presented to Romsey Mill and Arthur Rank Hospice Charity.

Thanks to support from 135 dedicated volunteers, Cambridge’s local businesses and community groups, every penny raised through walkers’ registration fees, participant sponsorship and donations, goes directly to charity.

This year’s Bridge the Gap walk will take place on September 13. To support, contact Arthur Rank Hospice Charity on (01223) 675888 or email

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