Thanks for your support in 2018

2018 is the year that Ark Cancer Centre Charity passed the £2million milestone on the journey towards the £5m goal.

The public backing for Ark’s £5m appeal that will help to fund the much-needed NHS cancer treatment centre at Basingstoke hospital continues to be awesome and humbling – and it’s your great support that has enabled the charity to reach this significant fundraising staging post in 2018.

Plans to locate the new cancer treatment centre on the Basingstoke hospital site are moving forward, and 2019 will hopefully be a year of significant progress on this front. 

Ark Cancer Centre Charity trustee Merv Rees said: “On behalf of everyone at Ark Cancer Centre Charity, I would like to thank everyone who has raised or donated funds to the charity during 2018, and also all those who have helped to raise awareness of the charity and the cancer treatment centre project.

“We wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and we thank you for your ongoing support which is as important as it has ever been as we continue to progress towards the £5m target.

“Our facebook page slideshow, and the words below, put the spotlight on just some of the Ark highlights of 2018 – and you can read more about what else has also been going on at

“Every pound raised makes a difference, so thank you for your wonderful support that has once again shown that this is a charity, and project, that is ‘For the people, by the people’.”

January: A performance by Blondie tribute band Atomic Rapture, at the Apollo Hotel, raises more than £1,200 for Ark. The concert was organised by David Taylor, who works for Ark Our Partner supporter Centerprise International.

February: A total of £623 is donated after Ark was the winner in the monthly Waitrose Basingstoke Community Matters Green Token Scheme.

March: Ark is one of the chosen charities of The Welsh Xtrem 2018 off-road challenge, and receives £4,000.

April: More than £18,000 is raised at the Basingstoke Rotary Club Charity Dinner, where Ark was one of the charity beneficiaries

April: Champion Group hold their first-ever Charity Golf Day to raise funds for Ark, which is the company’s Charity of the Year. A total of £4,695 is raised at this event.

May: Eighteen people, many from Ark Our Partner supporter Beaufort Financial, abseil down the Emirates Spinnaker Tower, raising nearly £3,000.

June: Rob Spencer, running for Ark Our Partner supporter Merit Group, takes part in the Race to the King Ultra-Marathon event, and raises nearly £3,000.

July: The Arkriders organise a Basingstoke to Bournemouth cycle ride over the weekend of July 14-15. Thirty-eight people take part, and more than £9,000 is raised.

August: Marie Pym, from Ark Our Partner supporter Clarke & Son Solicitors, does a sponsored wing walk, and raises more than £1,000.

September: The Arkriders, in association with the Apollo Hotel, organise a Charity Gala Dinner called ‘Une Grand Nuit’. This proves to be Ark’s biggest fundraising event of 2018, raising £30,274.

October: Former breast cancer patient Susie Webster walks to Everest base camp after being inspired by an Ark poster on the back of a door at the Radiotherapy Unit when she was undergoing treatment in 2016. She raises £2,000.

November: Ark Our Partner supporters Clarke & Son Solicitors and Unum are among the finalists in the Business and the Community category at the INSPIRE18 Business Awards, and Clarke & Son team emerge victorious.

December: The first gathering takes place of cyclists who will be among those taking part in the 2019 Arkriders Twin Towns Tour which will see at least 25 riders piling on the pedal power and covering more than 450 miles through four countries in five days in July 2019.