Ark Day campaign raises over £32,000

FABULOUS fundraisers made a big difference by drumming up more than £32,000 in donations through the first-ever Ark Day.

The community-focused campaign saw individuals, schools, business and other organisations across Basingstoke and Deane pull together to raise as much money as possible on one day – Friday, June 21 – for Ark Cancer Centre Charity.

With all the money now in, the final Ark Day fundraising total can be revealed as £32,843.66

Andy Jackson, chair of the Ark Day Organising Committee, thanked everyone who supported Ark Day.

Andy said: “The Ark Day team are delighted that so many people of all ages got involved in, and had fun supporting, Ark Day across Basingstoke and Deane. Every pound counts, and that message, about the importance of small, individual donations, is very much at the heart of the Ark Day campaign.

“The first Ark Day has been a wonderful community campaign which has raised a substantial amount for Ark Cancer Centre Charity’s £5m appeal, and also achieved the goal of raising wider awareness of the charity and HHFT cancer treatment centre project.

“Planning for Ark Day 2020 has already started, and we hope even more people, schools, businesses and other organisations will get involved, and will help to make a difference.”

Merv Rees, the renowned liver cancer surgeon and Ark Cancer Centre Charity trustee, who has been at the forefront of the cancer treatment centre campaign, said: “Ark Day was absolutely awesome, and to raise more than £32,000 is an incredible result.

“Thank you to everyone who helped to make it happen – particularly the members of the Ark Day Organising Committee – thank you to everyone who took part in events and activities, and thank you to everybody who made a donation.”

Picture caption: Merv Rees being interviewed about Ark Day by April Haywood, from Hospital Radio Basingstoke, as he took part in the HHFT Pedalling for Pounds sponsored static bike ride on Friday, June 21.