Clarke & Son are community champions at INSPIRE18 Business Awards

Congratulations to the fabulous team at Ark Our Partner business supporter Clarke & Son Solicitors after the legal eagles won the Business and the Community trophy at the INSPIRE18 Business Awards.

Clarke & Son, based in Winchester Road, Basingstoke, are the longest-standing Ark Our Partner supporter, and since 2015, the fantastic team have raised nearly £70,000 for Ark's £5million appeal to help fund the new NHS cancer treatment centre.

The firm's wonderful support for Ark was a key reason behind their success in the Business and the Community category at the INSPIRE18 Business Awards - the biggest event of its kind in Hampshire.

The judges in a keenly-contested category were wowed by the law firm's support for Ark as well as the team's other corporate social responsibility commitments, including their Spread the Warmth winter campaign that helps and supports lonely and elderly people.

Darren Lovegrove, marketing manager of Clarke & Son, told the awards audience at The Hampshire Court Hotel that he and his colleagues have been delighted to make a difference, and he confirmed that the firm will carry on supporting Ark and the cancer treatment centre project into 2019.

Fellow Ark Our Partner business supporter Unum Basingstoke were also among the four finalists in the same category, and it is the first time that the Basing View-based company has achieved this significant accolade.

Mark Jones, director of fundraising and communications at Ark Cancer Centre Charity, said: "Congratulations to the wonderful team at Clarke & Son Solicitors on this well-deserved success - they have really gone the extra mile, and then some, when it comes to supporting Ark's £5m campaign. It was also great to see the efforts of the charity champions at Unum Basingstoke being recognised with a finalist place in the Business and the Community category.

"Ark is grateful to all of our valued Ark Our Partner supporters, past and present, for everything they have done, and are doing, to support the charity and the cancer treatment centre project. They are all supporters who have given real meaning to Ark's tagline of 'For the people, by the people', and the difference they have made is immense."

Picture caption: Members of the Clarke & Son Solicitors team with their Business and the Community trophy. They are pictured with Bill Browne, editor-in-chief and publisher of Gazette Newspapers (right), who sponsored the category. Picture by Sarah Gaunt Photography