Arkriders donation takes Ark past £2million milestone

They have been a driving force when it comes to fundraising for Ark Cancer Centre Charity – and now the latest donation by the Arkriders has taken the charity past the £2million milestone. 

The Arkriders have raised more than £215,000 for Ark’s £5million appeal which will help to fund a much-needed new NHS cancer treatment centre at Basingstoke hospital.

In the last three years, the cycling fundraisers – whose collective number totals more than 50 riders – have piled on the pedal power from John O’Groats to Land’s End, London to Brighton, Basingstoke to Paris, and Basingstoke to Bournemouth and back.

This year, a major fundraising feat saw some of the Arkriders organise a charity dinner called Une Grande Nuit, in partnership with the Apollo Hotel, in Basingstoke on September 22 – and the £30,280 raised at that event has now taken Ark’s running total over £2m.

Leading consultant liver cancer surgeon Merv Rees, who is an Ark Cancer Centre Charity trustee, thanked members of the Arkriders committee at a cheque presentation photocall to mark the success of the Une Grande Nuit event.

“The Arkriders contribution to Ark Cancer Centre Charity and the cancer treatment centre project has been awesome,” said Mr Rees.

“Not only have the Arkriders raised a massive amount of money for Ark’s £5m appeal, but they have collectively had a far-reaching impact by considerably increasing awareness of the charity’s fundraising campaign and the reasons why the cancer treatment centre needs to be built.”

Mr Rees was delighted to update the Arkriders committee members on the progress of the cancer treatment centre, which will largely be funded by Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (HHFT).

Ark’s £5m appeal will ensure a range of support services and complementary therapies are available alongside chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments in a calm and uplifting environment.

The Arkriders will be continuing their support for the charity and cancer treatment centre project into 2019, and another fundraising ride – the Arkriders 2019 Twin Towns Tour – will take place between July 17 and July 22.

The deadline for people to come on board, and be part of the next chapter of the Arkriders story, is Saturday, December 1, and all the details – including how to sign up – can be found at https://www.arkriders.co.uk/ride19/

Picture caption: Members of the Arkriders Une Grande Nuit organising committee present a cheque for £30,280 following the success of the major fundraising event that took place in partnership with the Apollo Hotel. (Left to right) Perry Champion, Craig Killick, Ark Cancer Centre Charity director of fundraising and communications Mark Jones, Kevin Croombs, Ark Cancer Centre Charity trustee Merv Rees, Apollo Hotel general manager Paul Fearon, Samantha Noorduijn, Anna O’Shea, Gary Livingstone and Mark Dolby  

Picture by Sarah Gaunt Photography