The future of the Cancer Treatment Centre - a message from Merv Rees

“Ark Cancer Centre Charity launched in 2012 with the goal of raising £5million to help fund a much-needed unique local Cancer Treatment Centre to serve people in the Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (HHFT) area. Achieving that goal is as important today as it was five years ago.

“Thanks to the wonderful support of the public, Ark Cancer Centre Charity has so far raised more than £1.5m towards the £5m target – a tremendous, and humbling, achievement.

50:50 Club November 2017 Prizewinners

Thank you to everyone who has been a 50:50 Club member throughout 2017.  By making a regular donation each month, each member has the chance to win a prize.

Check each month to see who has won.  (All winners are notified by post)


The winner this month is:


1st Prize - Elizabeth Patterson

2nd Prize - Nick Ward

3rd Prize - Jane Spenceley

Congratulations to the winners and good luck to everyone for Decembers draw.


Ark supporter Jane appears on Pointless

She's a great supporter of Ark Cancer Centre Charity - and tonight, BBC MasterChef 2016 winner Jane Devonshire is aiming to raise the profile of the charity on national TV.

Jane is appearing with 2015 MasterChef winner Simon Wood on a special celebrity TV winners edition of the popular BBC general knowledge quiz show Pointless.

If Jane wins, she will be raising the profile of, and money for, Ark as her chosen charity on the BBC1 show, which airs at 6pm and is presented by Alexander Armstrong and co-host Richard Osman.

Charity Race Night is odds-on winner for Ark

Ark Cancer Centre Charity was the winner as two Basingstoke businesses joined forces to put on a fundraising Charity Race Night.

Metro Bank Basingstoke, which has a store in Festival Place, and Lamb Brook Solicitors, based in Winchester Street, Basingstoke, teamed up to organise the fundraising event at Basingstoke Golf Club – and there was a great show of support from the local business community.

Ark Cyclists raise £60K from LEJOG17

An awesome group of cyclists are celebrating after raising £60,000 for a cancer charity by cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats (LEJOG).

On May 13, the Ark Cyclists set off from the Cornwall landmark and headed north on a nine-day 965-mile ride to the Scottish landmark at the other end of Great Britain.

Some of the riders did particular legs of the journey and seven completed the whole ride – an amazing achievement for all of them, but particularly for team leader 51-year-old Jonathan Hobby, who underwent treatment for lymphoma last year.

Male Voice Choirs are on song for Ark

A show of musical man power and generosity resulted in a wonderful concert and a fundraising boost for Ark Cancer Centre Charity.

Basingstoke Hospital Male Voice Choir (BHMVC) and Hart Male Voice Choir joined forces and were on song for Ark Cancer Centre Charity.

All Saints’ Church, in Southern Road, Basingstoke, was the venue for the charity concert on the evening of Wednesday, November 15 – and the generous donations from everyone who came along to enjoy the free event resulted in £769 being raised for the good cause.

Atomic Rapture to perform Blondie classics for Ark

They are a great tribute band - and now Atomic Rapture are set to perform Blondie classics at a special charity night that will help Ark.

Saturday, January 13, 2018 is the date for the diary as Atomic Rapture perform live at the Apollo Hotel in Basingstoke.

A night of fabulous music is in store for everyone who comes along to the concert, which will raise funds for Ark and Help For Heroes - two charities that are supported by drummer Dave Taylor and colleagues at leading Basingstoke-based company Centerprise International.

Bison and Zizzi serve up support for Ark

Basingstoke Bison players, fans and the team at Zizzi Restaurant have served up a fundraising boost for Ark Cancer Centre Charity.

Long-time Bison sponsors Zizzi opened their doors to Bison fans on Wednesday, November 8, for the latest of their popular nights which saw some of the Herd become waiters for the evening.

Bison head coach Doug Sheppard and several members of the team were on hand to serve, and chat to, some of the loyal fans of the Herd who came along to the Top of The Town restaurant.

Jane portrait goes to a very good home

It couldn't have gone to a more appropriate new owner – a painting of Basingstoke author Jane Austen is now hanging in pride of place in the home of the borough’s ‘first lady’ also called Jane.

Mayoress Councillor Jane Frankum is the proud owner of the lovely picture of the world-famous author after her sons, the borough’s Mayor Cllr Paul Frankum and Tony, successfully bid for it in an online charity auction that has raised funds for Ark Cancer Centre Charity.

Apollo Hotel becomes Ark Our Partner

Ark Cancer Centre Charity is delighted to welcome the Apollo Hotel on board as an Our Partner supporter

General manager Paul Fearon and his team are looking forward to supporting the charity by helping to raise funds and awareness of its £5million appeal and the NHS cancer treatment centre project.