Great support from Basingstoke Deane Rotarians

Ark Cancer Centre Charity has received another great show of support from The Rotary Club of Basingstoke Deane.

More than 20 charities and community projects have benefitted from cash backing from the Basingstoke Deane Rotarians over the last 12 months – and when match-funding is taken into account, the total sum of support will be around £75,000.

At the annual Charities Night, Basingstoke Deane President Paul Temple presented the club’s final donations for 2015-16 to representatives of several organisations, including Ark Cancer Centre Charity.

Mark Jones, director of fundraising and communications for Ark Cancer Centre Charity, received a £5,000 cheque – a generous donation that will be match-funded by Greenham Common Trust's findmeagrant scheme, which is also supporting the charity.

Mark said: "The support from the Basingstoke Deane Rotarians for the charity and cancer treatment centre project has been fantastic, and with match-funding, it adds up to £30,000 in 2016 – an incredible show of support.

"As well as their generous financial backing, the Rotarians have been a great help in supporting the charity at events and in raising awareness of the £5million fundraising appeal and the cancer treatment centre project."

While delivering financial support to good causes is a key aim of the Rotarians, President Paul told the Charities Night gathering that it is also important, satisfying, and enjoyable for club members to provide manpower support for charitable organisations and worthy projects.

Paul, who is handing over the chain of office to Alan Gibson this month, said: “I am delighted that the Basingstoke Deane Rotarians have been able to help and support so many good causes and local projects during my 12 months as club president.

“I am also pleased that representatives from many of the wide range of organisations that we have been involved with over the last year were able to attend the Charities Night. This event really showcased how the club has been able to make a difference in the local community and wider world.

“I am grateful to my fellow Rotarians for their wonderful support during my time as president, and it was heartening to hear so many representatives of charities and other organisations describe how our members have made such a positive impact.”

The Charities Night heard how the Rotarians have raised money through various events, including the popular annual Rotary International Boxing Night and an annual concert at The Anvil which stars The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines.
Basingstoke Deane treasurer Jim Lawson paid tribute to the many local companies that have sponsored and supported the club’s events.

Jim said: “Without the help and support of these companies, the Rotary Club would not be able to put on these events or raise the funds that enable us to provide financial support to so many local good causes.”

Councillor Anne Court, who was Basingstoke and Deane Mayor for 2015-16, current Basingstoke and Deane Mayor Councillor Jane Frankum, and Councillor Keith Chapman, who is chairman of Hampshire County Council, were among the specially invited guests at the Charities Night which took place at Test Valley Golf Club, near Overton, where the Rotarians meet every Tuesday evening.

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Basingstoke Deane Rotary Club President Paul Temple presents Mark Jones with the latest donation from the club to Ark Cancer Centre Charity.