Ark Day is back for 2020

Castle Hill School for Ark Day Basingstoke

IT WAS a great community campaign that raised over £32,000 – and now Ark Day is set to return with a fresh look for 2020.

The first-ever Ark Day took place on Friday, June 21, 2019 as individuals, schools, businesses and community groups all pitched in to raise as much money as possible in 24 hours for Ark Cancer Centre Charity.

Ark is raising £5million to provide supportive care and services, complementary therapies, and an enhanced environment in an NHS cancer treatment centre at Basingstoke hospital.

Ark Day 2019 was a great success in terms of raising funds and awareness – and now Friday, June 26 has been set as the date for Ark Day 2020.

The Ark Day Organising Committee have started making plans for 2020 – and this year, the aim is to hold a series of events in the week leading up to Ark Day, as well as rounding off the campaign with a Gala Charity Dinner at the Apollo Hotel on Friday, July 17 where the Ark Day 2020 campaign fundraising total will be announced.

Events that are already in the Ark Day 2020 calendar include a coffee morning event on Wednesday, June 24, and a charity golf day on Thursday, June 25 – and early-bird supporters who sign up for Ark Day 2020 by February 29 will be entered into a free prize draw.

The Ark Day 2020 campaign will be launched on Saturday, February 15 at the Trane Basingstoke Bison v Swindon Wildcats ice hockey match, which is being sponsored by Ark Cancer Centre Charity.

Andy Jackson, chair of the Ark Day Organising Committee, said: “We are delighted with the way local people of all ages got involved in, and supported, the first-ever Ark Day, and our goal is to make the 2020 campaign bigger and better.

“Plans are progressing for Ark Day 2020 and it’s never too soon for schools, businesses and community groups to sign up.

“We are really keen for people to register so they can receive the latest updates and news on Ark Day 2020, and everyone who signs up by February 29 at https://arkday.co.uk/prize-draw/ will be in with the chance of winning some lovely prizes.”

Ark Cancer Centre Charity trustee Merv Rees said: “Thank you to everyone who supported Ark Day 2019, and particularly the Ark Day Organising Committee who spearheaded the campaign.

“In 2020, people will once again have the power to really make a really big difference with a small donation on Ark Day.

“Nearly 180,000 people live in Basingstoke and Deane. If everyone donates just £1, then this will make a massive difference to Ark’s £5m campaign.”

Schools are being encouraged to hold a non-uniform day on Friday, June 26, 2020, with pupils donating £1 to take part, and several have already pledged to participate in this year’s campaign.

Ark Day mascot Moneypenny will be making a welcome return to the campaign trail, and will be visiting all the schools that sign up to take part in Ark Day 2020.