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Ark supporter Debbie completes landmark challenge

CHARITY champion Debbie Loveridge is celebrating after completing a six-month virtual trek from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

Since January 1, Debbie, who had a hip replacement in February 2020, has been clocking up the miles in all weathers by walking in the area close to her Basingstoke home.

Debbie’s aim was to complete her target of 874 miles – the distance between the two landmark destinations – by the beginning of July, and on June 26, she reached her goal with a few days to spare. Family and friends clapped her home as she walked the final steps.

Rotary bookbench installed at Ark-funded centre

IT’S a beautiful work of art and a symbol of the superb support from local Rotarians for Ark Cancer Centre Charity – and now the ‘Jane Talk’ bookbench has been installed as a key feature of the new wellbeing centre.

Cancer patients and their loved ones will be able to see the wonderful bookbench when they visit the Ark-funded centre in the Radiotherapy Unit at Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital.

Debbie takes on landmark walk for Ark

SHE is one of Ark Cancer Centre Charity’s greatest supporters – and now Debbie Loveridge is really going the extra mile, and then some, to help raise funds for the good cause.

Debbie has been fundraising and volunteering for Ark – which is raising £5million to help Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (HHFT) colleagues deliver supportive care and complementary therapies for cancer patients and their loved ones – for more than six years.

Ark-funded garden springs into life at wellbeing centre

A HAVEN of calm and colour – this is the inspirational and uplifting garden environment that has been created for cancer patients and their loved ones at a new wellbeing centre.

In just a few weeks, the interior and exterior garden areas of the Ark Cancer Centre Charity-funded wellbeing centre at Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital have been transformed into beautifully landscaped areas.

Team Whiteoaks step up to Ark challenge

THE team at Ark Our Partner supporter Whiteoaks International have really stepped up to the plate when it comes to supporting the charity.

Whiteoaks International, the number one tech PR agency outside London, has raised £1,000 for Ark Cancer Charity after colleagues clocked up more than nine million steps in February.

The Whiteoaks International Step Challenge saw 43 staff, family and even pets getting involved to reach the target in just 28 days — completing 9,377,160 steps and a distance of nearly 5,000 miles.

Art for Ark's sake is a big draw

TWO Ark Cancer Centre Charity supporters teamed up for a great competition that resulted in an artistic treat for a lucky winner and two runners-up as well as a lockdown fundraising boost for the charity.

Laura Haystaff, owner of Ark Our Partner supporter The Topiary Salon, which has premises in Old Basing and Kingsclere Road, Basingstoke, and Basingstoke-based artist Sian Storey  organised the event which saw main winner Harry Coomber become the proud owner of Sian’s lovely painting ‘Kindred’.

Recycling support makes a big difference

RECYCLING supporters have been praised for providing Ark Cancer Centre Charity with a crucial fundraising boost – resulting in nearly £63,000 being raised despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

Last year, Ark’s partnership with Bag It Up (BIU) Group saw the charity’s income from clothes and shoe recycling in its 50 branded banks in and around Basingstoke and Deane almost double from the impressive £35,333 figure that was raised during 2019.

OBE honour for pioneering liver cancer surgeon and Ark trustee Merv

PIONEERING liver cancer surgeon Merv Rees has been recognised in The Queen’s New Year Honours by being awarded an OBE.

The world-renowned Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (HHFT) surgeon, who created a trailblazing liver surgery team in Basingstoke and is a trustee and driving force of Ark Cancer Centre Charity, has been honoured for his services to liver cancer surgery.

We thank you and are thinking of you

Dear Ark supporters

I hope that you and your family and friends are keeping well in these challenging times.

As we approach Christmas, and the end of a year that has been like no other in recent memory, on behalf of all at Ark Cancer Centre Charity, I want to send you seasonal greetings, and to thank you for your ongoing support. I also want to say that we are all thinking of you. We know that this Christmas will be unlike any we have experienced, and that for many people, it will be a particularly difficult and challenging time.

Jon sheds pounds to raise pounds for Ark

IT WAS a truly awesome challenge – shedding four stone in three months and raising £500 for Ark Cancer Centre Charity – but amazing Jon Mills has smashed it!

Jon, managing director of Black and White Accounting, headquartered at Herriard Park, near Basingstoke, beat his daunting weight-loss challenge by one pound – and he has nearly doubled his fundraising goal, clocking up £965 so far.

Father-of-four Jon said: "I had a couple of hiccups along the way, but I'm delighted to have achieved both of my goals.