Ark supporter Natasha wins top award

Congratulations to the wonderful Natasha Watts - the fabulous Ark Cancer Centre Charity Supporter has been crowned as the Best UK Soul Artist at a prestigious awards event.

Natasha was presented with the award at the Soul Survivors Magazine Awards - and her triumph was made even sweeter by the fact that the category winner was voted for by the public.

Natasha, who is a long-standing supporter of the charity, said: "I am totally overwhelmed to have been recognised as one of the best UK Soul artists.

"You always dream of winning these kinds of awards when you get get into an artistic career, and it is thanks to the support of my followers that I have been able to achieve this."

Natasha was presented with the award at a glamorous ceremony held at the Under the Bridge venue at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge Stadium.

For Natasha, who is Basingstoke born and bred, the awards success is another step up the career ladder.

2015 saw Natasha’s star soaring as she reached new heights and supported Motown legend Gladys Knight on her UK tour, which included a show at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

In 2016, Natasha embarked on her own UK tour, released her second album 2nd Time Around to critical and popular acclaim, and performed at The Anvil at a concert which supported the Mayor's Charity Appeal and helped Ark Cancer Centre Charity - one of Councillor Anne Court's chosen charities.

She was also one of the musical stars at the charity's Music in The Garden event, which was headline sponsored by award-winning Basingstoke firm Centerprise International and raised more than £70,000.

It was Natasha’s personal experience of driving her mum Sandra Hudson to Guildford for cancer treatment that inspired her to support the charity’s fundraising drive to raise £5million towards a state-of-the-art cancer treatment centre that will be built in the Basingstoke area.

Natasha said: “Because of what my mum went through, in having to travel a long distance for treatment, I know how important the new cancer centre will be.

"I was very close to my mum, and I am proud to be supporting the cancer centre fundraising campaign in her memory.”

While her mum sadly lost her battle with cancer, Natasha knows that what she and fellow fundraisers are doing to help create the cancer treatment centre will make such a big difference to so many patients, and their families, in the future.

Ark Cancer Centre Charity trustee Merv Rees said: “Natasha is a great supporter of Ark Cancer Centre Charity, and all of us involved with the charity are delighted that she has received this well-deserved award.”

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Natasha Watts has been crowned Best UK Soul Artist at the Soul Survivors Magazine Awards.