Ark supporters take fundraising to a new height

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again – and that’s exactly what 18 fabulous Ark Cancer Centre Charity supporters did as they came, saw and conquered an abseiling challenge at a Hampshire landmark.

High winds on April 7 meant a team of intrepid fundraisers had to reschedule their attempt to abseil down the Emirates Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth – so on Sunday, May 13, the determined team returned and completed the feat in style.

Many of the fundraisers were from, or took part under the banner of, Beaufort Financial – one of Ark’s Our Partner corporate supporters. The abseil team also featured members of the Arkriders, who have raised more than £150,000 for Ark, and representatives from other companies that have supported the charity.

Abseiling 100 metres down the iconic landmark was a memorable achievement for everyone, and for some of the 18-strong team, completing the jaw-dropping descent saw them overcome a fear of heights.

“This was an amazing feat by an incredible group of people,” said Mark Jones, director of fundraising and communications at Ark Cancer Centre Charity. “Abseiling down the Emirates Spinnaker Tower is an awesome achievement.

“Ark is grateful to all 18 of the inspirational abseilers who took part on Sunday, and to everyone who has sponsored them. These fabulous fundraisers have really taken Ark’s £5million appeal to a new height.”

So far, the Ark abseilers have collectively raised nearly £2,500 and it is hoped that more donations will come in as news spreads of their achievement.

If anyone wishes to donate to the fundraisers, they can do so by going to https://bit.ly/2Knhd2a. The roll of honour of those who did the abseil, and fully deserve their medal, is Mark Dolby, Lorraine Dolby, Ashley Hull, Sam Tait, Lesley Proctor, Jenn Vallor, Chris Knight, Joe Tinley, Jane Savage, James Di Mambro, Andree-Anne Thibault, Anna O’Shea, Richard Graham, Paul Bird, Gary Livingstone, Sian Lias, Jo Gibbons, and Josh Lewis.

The £5m that Ark Cancer Centre Charity is raising towards a new cancer treatment centre will ensure a range of support services and complementary therapies are available alongside chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments in a calm and uplifting environment.

Largely being funded by Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (HHFT), plans are progressing to locate the new centre on the existing Basingstoke hospital site.

Picture caption: Most of the 18 Ark Cancer Centre Charity fundraising abseilers gather for a group photo at the Hampshire landmark following the successful descent at the Emirates Spinnaker Tower