Schools will be at the heart of Ark Day

Schools will be at the heart of the Ark Day campaign – and every pupil, teacher and parent who gets involved will be able to make a difference by making every pound count.

Ark Day is a fundraising campaign that will take place on Friday, June 21 with the goal of raising as much money as possible for Ark Cancer Centre Charity in 24 hours.

Ark is raising £5million to help fund a much-needed NHS cancer treatment centre that will largely be funded by Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust at Basingstoke hospital. So far, the charity has raised more than £2m, and this year, Ark Day – which is now 100 days away – will be one of its key fundraising events.

All each school in Basingstoke and Deane has to do on Friday, June 21 is hold a non-uniform day. Each pupil donates £1 to take part – and every penny of that pound will go to Ark Cancer Centre Charity’s campaign.

Castle Hill Primary School, which has campuses in Winklebury and Rooksdown, became the first school to sign up to support Ark Day, and some of the pupils were delighted to have their pictures taken with Ark Day mascot Moneypenny.

Headteacher John Martin said: “We are delighted to support Ark Day. Having a non-uniform day on Friday, June 21 where pupils donate £1 to take part is a very simple and easy way to support this good cause.

“Ark Cancer Centre Charity is raising funds for a much-needed cancer treatment centre that will make a massive difference to the lives of local cancer patients and their loved ones, and Castle Hill Primary is pleased to be playing its part by actively supporting this community fundraising day.”

The drive is now on by the Ark Day Organising Committee, featuring representatives from several well-known local companies, to get as many other borough schools as possible to sign up in the next few weeks. The Gazette is then looking to produce a picture special, which will see Moneypenny visiting supporting schools, in April.

Pupils will be encouraged to dress up in yellow, green and blue – which are Ark Cancer Centre Charity’s colours – on June 21, and Ark Day mascot Moneypenny and team will be aiming to visit as many schools as possible on the big day.

Schools can register to take part in Ark Day by going to arkday.co.uk/schools/