Great show of support from Centerprise

They pledged to pull in the pounds to boost a cancer centre charity’s £5million appeal – and the team at Centerprise International have truly delivered a first-class result.

Staff at the award-winning Basingstoke-based IT company, based on the Hampshire International Business Park, in Chineham, vowed to use their fundraising muscle to support three charities during 2016, including Ark Cancer Centre Charity.

And the end product of the company’s support for the cancer charity was revealed at the Centerprise International Defence Technology Show when a large cheque was presented for £29,481.85.

The tremendous sum marks the company’s considerable contribution to the charity’s £5million fundraising mission, and includes Centerprise’s headline sponsorship of Music in The Garden – a flagship fundraising event for the charity in 2016 which saw £70,000 raised for the good cause.

Staff at Centerprise International were involved in various fundraising events over the past year, including a charity trek up Snowden. Group Finance Director Sharon Allen got the fundraising ball rolling last December when she raised more than £6,000 by having her hair shaved off, while other members of staff also took part in a sponsored trek up Snowden.

Speaking at the Defence Technology Show, which was held at The Ark Conference Centre, Ark Cancer Centre Charity Trustee Merv Rees and Mark Jones, Director of Fundraising and Communications, thanked the Centerprise International team, and in particular Chairman Rafi Razzak – a long-standing supporter of the charity.

“The Centerprise International team have made a big difference to the charity’s £5m appeal, and their backing as well as the individual support from Rafi – who kindly sponsored the launch dinner for the charity in 2012 and continues to be a great supporter – is very much appreciated,” said Mr Rees.

Mr Razzak said: “The Centerprise International family have enjoyed supporting Ark Cancer Centre Charity and we are delighted that our fundraising has had such a positive impact on the campaign to help fund the much-needed local cancer treatment centre.

“Centerprise International has a proud track record of helping local good causes, and all of us are pleased and proud to have supported the charity which has a key role to play in creating a landmark centre that will be a beacon for Basingstoke and the National Health Service.”    

The success of the £5m appeal will ensure a range of support services and complementary therapies are available alongside chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments in a calm and uplifting environment.

The new centre, which will largely be funded by Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (HHFT), is earmarked for a location in the Basingstoke and Deane area, and if the preferred site near to Junction 7 of the M3 is approved, it will be easily accessible to everyone in the HHFT region.

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Centerprise International Chairman Rafi Razzak, left, presents Mark Jones, Director of Fundraising and Communications at Ark Cancer Centre, with a cheque for £29,481.85 which marks the amount of sponsorship and donation support contributed to the charity by the company during 2016.