Merit Group’s marvellous support for Ark Cancer Centre Charity

Ark Cancer Centre Charity is delighted to welcome Merit Group on board as one of its charity partners.

Merit Group’s team will be focusing their fundraising efforts in the remaining months of this year and 2017 on supporting the charity’s £5million fundraising campaign.

Basingstoke-based Merit Group started life as Merit Recruitment and has gone from strength to strength. Today it also includes Merit Managed Services and Merit Hygiene Services.

Clear out your closets

We are delighted to have become a charity partner with Bag It Up Ltd (BIU) – one of the UK’s leading clothing and textile recycling companies.

In a three-year partnership, which launched on August 1, the charity will be among BIU’s charity partners to benefit from a percentage of the proceeds when residents, businesses and community groups recycle their unwanted clothing, shoes and household linens at BIU locations in Hampshire.

Cash boost from Mayor's Charity Appeal

Ark Cancer Centre Charity was one of three charities who received a welcome cash boost following the success of the 2015-16 Mayor’s Charity Appeal.

Representatives from Ark Cancer Centre Charity, Inspero and Basingstoke Multicultural Forum were each presented with cheques for £7,917.89 by Councillor Anne Court. The total amount raised during the year came to £23,753.67.

50:50 Club July Prizewinners

Thank you to everyone who has become a member of the 50:50 Club, making a regular donation to the Charity with the added bonus of having a chance to win a prize every month. Check here every month to find out who has won. (All winners will be notified by post)

This month's prizewinners are:

1st Prize - Kevin Croombs
2nd Prize - Julie McKinney
3rd Prize - Hugh Ogus

Congratulations to the winners and good luck to everyone next month.

Get in the frame for a prize – and support good causes

Photographers are being urged to get snapping for a new competition which will also help good causes.

Rotopix16 is being launched today by The Rotary Club of Basingstoke Deane and is being sponsored by Jessops Academy.

The competition is open to anyone who enjoys taking fun photos, and there will be a separate competition for entrants who are under 16.

Competitors are asked to submit a set of three digital photographs, one of each for the following themes:

London Clancy team blaze a trail

Thanks to the team from London Clancy for clocking up the miles and pounds for Ark Cancer Centre Charity by cycling and walking The Ridgeway Trail.

Alex Welch and Chris Ridge, from the firm of commercial property consultants and chartered surveyors, piled on the pedal power and completed the 87-mile-long course over July 22 and 23. Other colleagues cycled or walked part of the trail.

Rotary Club delivers cash boost for Ark Cancer Centre Charity

They may be one of the smallest Rotary Clubs around but The Rotary Club of Basingstoke Loddon continue to make a big difference through their support for Ark Cancer Centre Charity.

At their annual charities evening, Basingstoke Loddon 2015-16 president Bill Crosher presented Mark Jones, director of fundraising and communications for the charity, with a cheque for proceeds raised by the club’s membership during Bill’s year of office.

Choir's Odiham debut for charity

Basingstoke Hospital Male Voice Choir (BHMVC) and a generous audience have delivered another boost for the Charity. All Saints Church in Odiham was the lovely setting for the free concert, at which donations were collected on behalf of the charity.

The July 20 concert was the latest event to be staged by BHMVC in support of the charity, and it marked an Odiham debut for the highly-rated choir. Under the leadership of Musical Director Dai Ogborn, the choir turned in another sparkling performance which demonstrated the range and versatility of their repertoire.

The sign of a great partnership

With the new season less than two weeks away, the sign welcoming football fans to Basingstoke Town FC's Ark Cancer Centre Charity Stadium is now in place.

The team's stadium has been renamed for the 2016-17 season following a trailblazing show of support by supporters and officials at the club. The significant backing for the charity is believed to be the first time that a club in the football league pyramid have renamed their stadium after a charity for a whole season.

AXA Wealth Fat Boys pile on the miles and pounds

Congratulations to AXA Wealth chief executive Mike Kellard and his fellow cyclists who have completed their 400km challenge in Spain.

The Fat Boys, as they are known, are raising money for AXA Wealth's two charities of the year – Ark Cancer Centre Charity and The UK Sepsis Trust.