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£2.5 million donation for footbridge at Tintagel

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Published by Emma Carton at 12:46pm 20th February 2019.

A billionaire couple have donated £2.5 million for the controversial new footbridge at one of Cornwall's most iconic landmarks.

Julia and Hans Rausing gave the money to English Heritage, for the bridge at Tintagel.

It will span the gap between the castle's historic site and the mainland and is expected to open in summer 2019.

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A couple have donated £2.5m towards the new footbridge at Tintagel: MRC/Emily Whitfield-Wicks and Ney & Partners 

The cash pot is the largest single private donation ever to be received by the charity.

"It is a pleasure to support English Heritage and Tintagel Castle.

"The new footbridge is a great feat of design, fitting into the landscape, and providing new views of the site's architecture, whilst improving access for many visitors".

Julia and Hans Rausing

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The money is the single biggest private donation to English Heritage: MRC/Emily Whitfield-Wicks and Ney & Partners

English Heritage says the footbridge will improve access and help to preserve and conserve Tintagel's archaeology and ecology.

"Thanks to Julia and Hans Rausing's generosity, people will be better able to understand and enjoy Tintagel Castle.

"It is an inspiring gift for an inspiring site and we are extremely grateful to them.

"As a charity, it is only with the support of our visitors, members and donors that we can ensure our historic landmarks continue to provide a fascinating and exciting experience to all-comers".

Sir Tim Laurence, Chairman of English Heritage

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The footbridge to connect Tintagel Castle will open this summer: MRC/Emily Whitfield-Wicks and Ney & Partners

1000 members of the public have also donated to the bridge, each marking their £5 contribution by signing one of the Cornish slate tiles which will form the walkway of the bridge.

Julia and Hans also signed a slate and English Heritage says their generosity means it can now invest more of its own funds towards the protection and conservation of historic sites throughout Cornwall and beyond.

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