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.

Wentworth Golf Day

Local businessman William Quail of ColdKit UK Ltd supported the charity on 7th June 2013 when he organised a charity golf day at Wentworth golf club Virginia Water. Merv Rees was delighted to have been invited to play at the event and meet up with other local businesses.

Midsummer Soiree

A Midsummer Soiree was held at The Barn at Upper Cranbourne Farm in Sutton on 22nd June 2013. The evening began with an illustrated talk by Lady Young about her father, the sculptor Oscar Nemon and, after the interval, was followed by a concert given by Hannah Medlam, soprano, Lukas Medlam, violin and David Owen Norris, piano. Over £4,000 was raised during the evening, which was introduced by Merv Rees.

Sherfield-on-Loddon Fete

Ark Cancer Centre Charity was delighted to have been chosen to receive some of the funds raised at the Sherfield-on-Loddon annual fete on Saturday 8th June 2013. Merv Rees was invited to open the event, so after being a part of the grand opening parade, he welcomed everyone to the event before taking a look round many of the stalls. The charity also had an information point at the fete and we thank everyone involved.


North Hampshire Nordic Walk

A group of North Hampshire Nordic Walkers set off on a 10K sponsored walk on 11th May 2013 across the Hampshire Downs to raise money for the charity while they maintained their fitness. Joanna Lewis, the leader of the group, which meets in Hannington on Tuesdays and Saturdays, said members were inspired to undertake the walk by the huge benefits to patients and families that the new centre will bring.

Lloyds Bank show support at local business event

Thank you to everyone who attended the annual Lloyds Bank local businesses event at the Red Lion in Basingstoke. The support of those who attended and bought raffle tickets is very much appreciated. Lloyds have also very generously agreed to double the donation through their community support charity.

Ark the Herald Angels Sing

One of our very first fundraising took part close to home in the staff canteen at Basingstoke Hospital. Local singer Angie Cook held a Christmas karaoke to entertain staff and patients just before the Christmas break.