Unum team celebrate record-breaking support for Ark

They've provided record-breaking support for Ark Cancer Centre Charity - and today the fabulous team at Unum UK Basingstoke celebrated the success of a two-year partnership.

Ark has been proud and honoured to be Unum Basingstoke's chosen charity for 2018 and 2019, and in that time, the team at the Basing View-based offices have raised a superb £16,640.

It's a record sum for Unum Basingstoke's local charity partnership, and this year saw the fabulous fundraisers smash their £10,000 milestone target in 12 months.

Charity quizzes, summer parties and various other events have pulled in the pounds, but the biggest single sum was clocked up by a nine-strong team from the employee benefits company who raised more than £10,000 by walking for 28 hours non-stop, covering a distance of 100km, on the Ultra Challenge Series South Coast Challenge.

At a celebration breakfast, Mark Jones, director of fundraising and communications at Ark Cancer Centre Charity, thanked members of the Unum Basingstoke team, and the wider company, for their superb support.

"The Unum Basingstoke team have been fantastic supporters of Ark over the last two years," said Mark. "It has been a wonderful, fun, enjoyable and effective partnership.

"The Unum Basingstoke team have really made a massive difference in terms of raising funds for, and awareness of, Ark's £5million appeal to help fund the much-needed new NHS cancer treatment centre at Basingstoke hospital .

"The end of the year may mark the official end of the partnership, but the strong link between Unum and Ark will continue. I look forward to keeping our Unum friends updated on the progress of the charity's fundraising appeal and the cancer treatment centre project, and to seeing members of the team at Ark-related events in the future."

Mark thanked Unum Basingstoke charity champion Andrew Brown for being a driving force behind fundraising events throughout the two-year partnership.

Andrew said: "The team are delighted to have broken several records during this two-year partnership, and it has been great to make such a difference to Ark.

"We will all be following the progress of the charity and cancer treatment centre project with interest, and we are glad that the money we have raised will deliver crucial support to cancer patients and their loved ones."

Picture caption: Members of the Unum Basingstoke team with the giant cheque celebrating the £16,640 raised for Ark Cancer Centre Charity