N-ice result for Ark at Bison and Zizzi Charity Night

It was a very n-ice result for Ark Cancer Centre Charity as generous fans of the Trane-sponsored Basingstoke Bison turned out in force to support a special evening at a long-standing sponsor of the Herd.

Fans had the pleasure of being waited on by the Herd’s ice hockey stars as the Bison players and Zizzi restaurant staff teamed up for the first of two charity evenings at Zizzi in London Street, Basingstoke.

A signed shirt, autographed ice hockey stick and Zizzi vouchers were among the prizes in a well-supported raffle, and some of the Bison players, together with Booster Club volunteers Carol and Gary Blakemore, sold plenty of tickets for the big draw.

The raffle resulted in £313.10 being raised for the charity.

Mark Jones, director of fundraising and communications for Ark Cancer Centre Charity, said: “Ark Cancer Centre Charity is proud to be a community partner of the Bison, and we are grateful for the great support that Ark has received from the Bison players, management and supporters, and the team at Zizzi in Basingstoke.

“This was another fun and successful charity event, and thank you to everyone who came along to support, and enjoy, the evening.”

John Neville, on behalf of the Trane-sponsored Basingstoke Bison, said: “As an organisation, we are very proud to hold these charity evenings with our friends from Zizzi and Ark.

“Everyone at the Bison enjoys these evenings where the fans get to see the players in a different and fun environment, raising much-needed funds for a local cause."

Peter Southworth, Zizzi restaurant manager, said: “These events are always very well-supported by the Bison fans. Seeing the players waiting on the tables is a fun thing to do and my staff, the players and the restaurant customers all enjoy these evenings raising funds for such a wonderful cause."

The next charity evening when the Herd players will be waiting on the fans’ tables will be held on Wednesday, January 23. Places can be booked for the event by calling Zizzi on 01256 212835.

Picture caption: Carol Blakemore announces one of the raffle ticket winning numbers