Rotary deliver £14K boost to Ark

They are great long-standing supporters of Ark Cancer Centre Charity – and now Basingstoke Deane Rotarians have delivered another fantastic five-figure boost to the charity’s £5million fundraising appeal.

On Sunday, January 29, 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, Commando Training Centre Royal Marines – and Rotary Club President Alan Gibson had a special presentation for Ark Cancer Centre Charity trustee Merv Rees.

Handing over a cheque for £14,000 to Mr Rees in front of a sell-out audience at The Anvil, Mr Gibson said: “All profits from our charity concerts go towards charities supported by The Rotary Club of Basingstoke Deane, and this year that includes Ark Cancer Centre Charity, which we are delighted to support.

“This £14,000 cheque represents the fundraising that we have done so far during my President’s year, and additional money will be raised for the charity from today and also the Rotary Club’s International Boxing Charity Night on March 10.”

Mr Rees updated the audience on the progress of the cancer treatment centre project, and thanked the Rotarians and public for their ongoing support for the charity’s £5m appeal.

He said: “The support from the public, and groups like the Rotarians, has been fantastic. So far, £1.3million has been raised and that is a testament to how important the cancer treatment centre project is.”

Also on stage with Mr Gibson and Mr Rees at The Anvil was Rafi Razzak, chairman of award-winning Basingstoke firm Centerprise International. Mr Gibson thanked Mr Razzak for his ongoing and crucial support for the concert – Centerprise has been the headline sponsor for many years.

Several of the famous Chelsea Pensioners and Basingstoke and Deane Mayor Councillor Jane Frankum were among the VIP guests at this year’s concert, which raised more than £13,000.

As well as raising money Ark Cancer Centre Charity and other local charities supported by Basingstoke Deane Rotary, the popular concert will also result in funds going to Help for Heroes and The Royal Marines Charity.

Picture caption:

Basingstoke Deane Rotary Club President Alan Gibson, left, presents Ark Cancer Centre Charity Trustee Merv Rees with the £14,000 cheque.

Picture by Richard Garfield