Rotary Club delivers £10,000 boost

Ark Cancer Centre Charity’s £5million fundraising appeal has reached a landmark after a fantastic five-figure donation by Basingstoke Deane Rotarians took it past the £1million milestone.

On Sunday, the charity was one of the beneficiaries of this year’s annual Basingstoke Deane Rotary Club Charity Concert starring the Band of her Majesty’s Royal Marines, Collingwood – and Rotary Club President Paul Temple had a special presentation for Ark Cancer Centre Charity trustee Merv Rees.

Handing over a cheque for £10,000 to Merv in front of a sell-out audience at The Anvil, Paul said: “The Rotary Club is proud to support many local good causes, but we felt there was a stand-out case for supporting one charity above all others this year, and we have focused a lot of our fundraising towards Ark Cancer Centre Charity.”

Merv thanked Paul and his fellow Rotarians for their amazing support – and the additional good news is that the donation will be doubled to £20,000 because it is being made through Greenham Common Trust’s findmeagrant match-funding scheme, which is supporting the charity appeal.

Merv told the audience: “This donation brings the total raised for the appeal through public donations to £1million, so well done and thank you to everyone who has contributed so far.”

Also on stage with Paul and Merv at The Anvil was Rafi Razzak, chairman of award-winning Basingstoke firm Centerprise International. Paul thanked Rafi for his long-standing support for the concert – Centerprise has been the headline sponsor for many years.

Staff at Centerprise International are also supporting Ark Cancer Centre Charity and Help for Heroes – another beneficiary of the 2016 concert – as two of their charities of the year.

Chelsea Pensioners, Arctic Convoy war veteran Retired Lieutenant Commander Roy Dykes, from Whitchurch, Basingstoke and Deane Mayor Councillor Anne Court, and North East Hampshire MP Ranil Jayawardena were among the VIP guests at this year’s concert. The event is expected to raise £15,000 for good causes.