St Mary's Junior School pupils and parents are good sports for Ark

PUPILS at a local school are under starter’s orders for a unique sports day – and they are aiming to have fun, get fit, and make a difference to Ark Cancer Centre Charity.

The COVID-19 pandemic means that while around 140 pupils are still coming in to St Mary’s Church of England Junior School, in Belle Vue Road, Old Basing, more than 200 are unable to attend school at present and have been home schooling.

Debs completes her #Free2DoGood 2020 Challenge

IT'S time for wonderful Ark supporter Debbie Loveridge to take a bow!

Thank you for your ongoing support


I hope that you and your loved ones are staying safe and well in these most challenging of times.

I am writing to thank you for your ongoing support for Ark Cancer Centre Charity – it is much appreciated – and to give you an update on Ark’s £5million appeal and its mission to help fund and deliver supportive care and services, complementary therapies, and an enhanced environment for cancer patients and their loved ones. I also want to let you know how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on Ark’s ongoing work and fundraising.

50-50 Club Prizewinners May 2020

We are delighted to announce May's Prizewinner of our 50-50 Club


1st Prize   -   L Funnell

2nd Prize   -  M Dolby

3rd Prize   -   L Funnell


Very lucky winner Ms L Funnell who has won both the first and third prize for the very first time since our 50 - 50 club started.


Good luck to everyone next month!

Ark will be The Portsmouth Arms Charity of the Week

HE’S a world record-breaking quiz king – and now Basingstoke pub landlord Richard Curtis and his wonderful quiz fans are set to give Ark Cancer Centre Charity a helping hand.

Father-of-three Richard, landlord of The Portsmouth Arms, in Hatch Warren, has been hosting a quiz online virtually every day since the COVID-19 lockdown started, entertaining more than 300,000 people who have taken part, and raising more than £40,000 for local charities.

Castle Hill Primary head joins the Mark From Ark podcast

WELCOME to the latest Mark From Ark podcast - and this week, Pippa and I are delighted to be joined by Castle Hill Primary School executive headteacher John Martin.

John, who is pictured here with pupils last year during Ark Day 2019, and everyone at the school are long-time supporters of Ark. 

So grab a cuppa and a cake or biscuit, take a break, listen and enjoy - and thanks for listening.

Take Ark's #Free2DoGood 2020 Challenge

JOIN our 2020 Challenge, have fun and get fit – that’s the message of the latest phase of Ark Cancer Centre Charity’s #Free2DoGood campaign.

As we prepare to start another week of lockdown, we’ve come up with 20 challenges for children and 20 challenges for adults that will help to keep you active, entertained and occupied.

All our ideas are free to take part in – but if you want to do some fundraising, then that would be great, and you can raise money by setting up a fundraising page at

Natasha guest stars on Ark Podcast

WELCOME to the latest Mark From Ark's Kitchen Podcast - and this week fabulous singer-songwriter and Ark supporter Natasha Watts joins Mark and Pippa for a chat.

You can hear the podcast at

Thanks for listening, and thanks for your ongoing suppoprt for Ark. 

Show of support by Clive Fortune Big Band

THANKS to the members of Clive Fortune Big Band for a kind and generous donation to Ark Cancer Centre C

MasterChef UK winner Jane is Ark Podcast guest

WELCOME to Mark From Ark's Kitchen Podcast - and this week, Mark and Pippa catch up with fabulous Ark supporter and MasterChefUK supporter Jane Devonshire.

Hope you enjoy the chat, and thanks for listening -