Local Garden Party

Local Ellisfield resident, Doreen Lonergan, opened her garden to friends and family to help raise funds for the Charity. Despite the bad weather on the day, the event was a great success, with help provided by the Ellisfield Ladies Club.

Farleigh House Charity Ride

Thank you to everyone who took part in this unique ride in the grounds of Farleigh House which covered 7.5 miles around the Farleigh Estate which is not normally open to the public. The event supported three local charities and we were privileged to have been chosen as one of them.

Ark Sailors - Fastnet Race

Thank you to surgeon Jonathan Blanshard and his crew for raising funds for us when he took part in the Fastnet race - sailing 608 miles in the Irish Sea for five days non-stop!

Cliddesden Coffee Morning

Carolyn and Mandy Gifford very kindly held a well-attended coffee morning and cake sale in Cliddesden Village Hall on 8th April 2013. Lots of locals turned out to enjoy the home-baked cakes provided by the community.

Thank you to everyone who has helped raise money by holding a coffee morning. Please let us know if you have plans to and we can help promote it for you.

Cycling The Way of The Roses

Dawn Nicholson, local cyclist and Ladies Captain at Test Valley Golf Club, completed The Way of the Roses in the Yorkshire Dales over four days from 19th July. Here is her diary:

I set out on a gorgeous day in July with 3 friends and a kindly support driver to cycle the coast to coast route from Morecambe to Bridlington via the Yorkshire Dales.  Officially 170 miles from start to finish.

Basingstoke Golf Club

A big thank you to every member of Basingstoke Golf Club who gave their support and donations towards the £5,000 that we have received from the Club. This is a fantastic amount which is very much appreciated.

Local author donates proceeds of book

Local author Tony Corbin held a book signing for his newly published book ‘Fall of the Dice’ at Waterstones Basingstoke on July 9th 2013. All proceeds from the book sales will benefit local charities and Tony’s raffle on the night of the launch also benefitted our charity.


Not to be deterred by the cancellation of his original choice of triathlon (the Lake District), Sam Ward completed his event in Stowe, Gloucestershire on the hottest day of 2013 so far (Sunday 7th July). Swimming 1500m followed by a 56km cycle and a 10km run to complete the event, Sam’s hard effort and generous support from his friends and family was matched by his company (Brit Services) who doubled the amount that he raised. Thank you.

Arch to Arc Triathlon

We are so proud of Rachel Hessom who has successfully completed the Arch to Arc Triathlon: an 87 mile run from London to Dover; a swim across the English Channel and a 181-mile cycle to Paris. We are delighted that she has completed it safely and especially as she is raising funds for the charity. If you are thinking of doing a similar challenge, read on for Rachel’s thoughts during preparation and the event itself. It’s inspirational (if not a little crazy!)

Ark Cyclists

Ark Cyclists

Great support has been shown from Basingstoke surgeons and consultants. Orthopaedic Surgeons Jonathan Hobby, Toby Briant-Evans and Kevin Conn, Anaesthetist Chris Seifert and Cardiologist Jason Glover plus a number of friends competed in the amateur race stage of the Tour de France on Sunday 7th July 2013. Just two weeks before the professional cyclists arrived; they all successfully cycled L’Etape du Tour in Annecy, which is 128km with over 3000m of climbing in six categorised climbs.