N-ice start for Ark Day 2020 campaign

The Ark Day 2020 campaign got off to a very n-ice start with an official launch at the home of the Herd.

Ark Day 2020 will raise funds for Ark Cancer Centre Charity’s £5million appeal to provide supportive care and services, complementary therapies, and an enhanced environment in a NHS cancer treatment centre at Basingstoke hospital.

The charity was the match-night sponsor of the Trane Basingstoke Bison v Swindon Wildcats match at the Basingstoke Arena on Saturday, February 15 – and this proved to be the perfect launch pad for the first big event of the Ark Day 2020 campaign.

Ark Cancer Centre Charity is a Bison community partner and the ice hockey club is an Ark Our Partner corporate supporter. As part of its support, Ark sponsors Basingstoke-born Herd sharp shooter Alex Sampford.

Specially-designed Valentine-themed ice hockey shirts were worn by the Herd and fans on Saturday, and proceeds from sales of the shirts will go into the Ark Day 2020 campaign coffers.

Supporters of the Herd also provided generous support, donating a total of £285.94 into collection buckets carried by Ark Cancer Centre Charity supporters at the match.

Ark Day 2020 Organising Committee chairman Andy Jackson, from Champion Group, did the puck drop for Saturday’s game, and Mark Jones, presented the man-of-the-match prizes.

Mark said: “It was great to officially launch the Ark Day 2020 campaign at the home of Ark Our Partner supporter Trane Basingstoke Bison.

“Thanks so much to everyone at the Bison for their kind and generous support, and it was great to see the Herd and so many supporters wearing the eye-catching specially-designed shirts.”       

The first-ever Ark Day took place on Friday, June 21, 2019 as individuals, schools, businesses and community groups all pitched in to raise as much money as possible in 24 hours for Ark Cancer Centre Charity.

Ark Day 2019 was a great success in terms of raising funds and awareness – more than £32,000 was donated – and now Friday, June 26 has been set as the date for Ark Day 2020.

The Ark Day Organising Committee have started making plans for 2020 – and this year, the aim is to hold a series of events in the week leading up to, and after, Ark Day, as well as rounding off the campaign with a Gala Charity Dinner at the Apollo Hotel on Friday, July 17 where the Ark Day 2020 campaign fundraising total will be announced.

Events that are already in the Ark Day 2020 calendar include a coffee morning event on Wednesday, June 24, and a charity golf day on Thursday, June 25 – and early-bird supporters who sign up for Ark Day 2020 by February 29 will be entered into a free prize draw. To be in with a chance of winning a £100 Festival Place gift card, sign up at https://arkday.co.uk/prize-draw/.

Picture caption:

Ark Day Organising Committee members and guests join the Herd for the Trane Basingstoke Bison/match sponsor team photograph at the end of the game.