Bison and Zizzi team up to support Ark

The Trane-sponsored Basingstoke Bison and Zizzi restaurant are teaming up for a charity evening that will deliver a New Year boost to Ark Cancer Centre Charity’s £5million fundraising appeal.

Long-time Bison sponsors Zizzi are opening their doors to Bison fans on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - and some of the Herd players will be swapping ice hockey sticks for serving trays as they wait on the guests.

As well being served by some of the Bison stars, the Zizzi dinner guests will be able to take part in a raffle where the prizes will include a signed Bison shirt, signed stick, Zizzi vouchers, and a Zizzi gift basket.

Fans can book tables for the event now by calling Zizzi on 01256 212835.

Mark Jones, director of fundraising and communications for Ark Cancer Centre Charity, said: “Ark Cancer Centre Charity is proud to be a community partner of the Bison, and we are grateful that proceeds from this latest charity evening will deliver an early 2020 boost to our ongoing fundraising campaign.

"I hope that plenty of Bison and Ark supporters come along to Zizzi to support this fun and enjoyable fundraising event. There are not many sports where the players interact in this way with the fans, and we hope that everyone enjoys the rare opportunity, and treat, of having their food and drinks served to them by some of the Bison players.

“Every pound counts towards the £5m target, and Ark Cancer Centre Charity is grateful for the generous support from Bison head coach/player Ashley Tait, his fellow players, the team at Zizzi, and everyone who comes along to these popular events.”

John Neville, on behalf of the Trane-sponsored Basingstoke Bison, commented: “We are very proud to be hosting another evening with our friends from Zizzi and Ark.

“Everyone at the Bison enjoys these evenings immensely and it’s a great opportunity for the fans get to see the players in a different and fun environment and to raise much-needed funds for a local cause."

Zizzi restaurant manager Gabriella Fzima added: “These events have been very well-supported by the Bison fans previously. Having the players helping out with waiting on the tables is a fun thing, and my staff, the players and the restaurant customers all enjoy these evenings, and are also delighted to raise funds for such a wonderful cause."

Picture caption: Bison players will once again be taking on the roles of waiters and serving the fans at Zizzi Basingstoke on January 15