Frequently Asked Questions

Information about fundraising for Ark Cancer Centre Charity on Ark Day as well as other answers to questions you might have.

Ark Day is raising money for Ark Cancer Centre Charity’s £5million appeal that will help to fund a much-needed new NHS cancer treatment centre at Basingstoke hospital. Most of the funding for the new centre will be provided by Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, but Ark’s £5m will ensure the provision of supportive services and complementary treatments that the NHS does not fund.

All the money raised on Ark Day will go to Ark Cancer Centre Charity. Everyone who is involved in the Ark Day organising committee is giving their time for free. Any marketing material, and other expenses, has been paid for through corporate sponsorship.

Ark Cancer Centre Charity was established in 2012. It is a registered charity – number 1149758 – and so far it has raised nearly £2.5 million. Its accounts can be viewed at Companies House.

We don’t encourage fundraisers to collect money door-to-door, in the street or any other public place and are unable to supply tins or buckets. Public collections undertaken for, or on behalf of, charities in public places are regulated by law and require a licence from the relevant authorities.

We would recommend that you arrange a fundraising event rather than a collection, or undertake a collection at a private event or venue with the permission of the owner.

Unfortunately not. We do not have the resources to authorise and monitor every one of these fundraisers where any authorisation would require us to take full responsibility for the activities taking place.

We would like to help all of our supporters maximise their fundraising, but with limited resources, we cannot provide raffle prizes. In addition under the terms of the Gambling Act 2005, a raffle is considered to be a lottery and must be run in accordance with the law. If you’re planning on organising your own raffle, please check the rules on the Gambling Commission website.

Unfortunately, we do not currently have merchandise for you to sell at your event.

The Fundraising Regulator provides comprehensive guidance on issues such as fundraising laws, public events, fundraising with children, insurance and risk. You can access their guidance for supporters by visiting

When planning a fundraising event, please also see the guidelines on Keeping Children Safe and refer to the NSPCC’s information on safeguarding children and the NSPCC Fundraising best practice guidelines.

You can fundraise at any age. However, the minimum age varies depending on the type of fundraising activity you wish to undertake.

  • Collection box collectors must be 16 years of age or over
  • For licensed lotteries, children under the age of 16 cannot sell tickets
  • Children under 16 cannot count money
  • To skydive, you must be 16 or over

For all other fundraising activities, children under 16 need to have written consent from a parent or guardian in order to undertake their fundraising.

Unfortunately we can’t provide celebrities for events.

We want to make sure that as much of the money that is raised on Ark Day goes to Ark Cancer Centre Charity, so we won’t be posting out certificates. However, on request, and on receipt of the amount raised, we can email out a thank-you certificate.

We are asking people to let us know what they are doing by completing an online update form. If you could fill this out with your story, adding your permission, we will be able to share this with the media and on social media.

Unfortunately, we may not be able to promote individual fundraising events. However, please feel free to post on our Facebook wall and tweet us.

We have a range of different videos that you could show at your event. These are available at our YouTube channel.

Any money donated through external online fundraising platforms is paid directly to the charity at regular intervals. This is cost-effective for the charity and makes collecting money easier for you.

If you are organising an event and wish to show that you are supporting Ark Day, you can download our supporter branding.

Please go to Metro Bank, Festival Place, Basingstoke, and to pay money into the Ark Day account.

Gift Aid is an easy way to increase the impact of your donations; further details are available from the HMRC website or on our website here.

Full details of our privacy policy detailing our information management processes are available here: Privacy Policy

Ark Day recognises the fact that receiving feedback from those it interacts with, both through compliments and complaints, is an important part of developing as an organisation. Please email

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