Basingstoke Deane Rotary deliver £10K boost for Ark

They are terrific supporters of Ark Cancer Centre Charity – and Basingstoke Deane Rotarians are celebrating delivering another fantastic five-figure boost to the charity’s £5million fundraising appeal.

On Sunday, January 28, the charity was one of the beneficiaries of this year’s annual Basingstoke Deane Rotary Club Charity Concert starring The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Collingwood – and Rotary Club President Lindy Richardson was delighted to make a £10,000 presentation to Ark Cancer Centre Charity trustee Merv Rees.

Handing over the cheque in front of the audience at The Anvil, Lindy said: “All profits from our charity concerts go towards charities supported by The Rotary Club of Basingstoke Deane, and we are delighted to be supporting Ark Cancer Centre Charity for a third year.

“This £10,000 cheque represents the fundraising that we have done so far during my President’s year, and includes the support that the club gave to Ark through the wonderful Sitting With Jane project.”

Ark Cancer Centre Charity was the charity partner for Sitting With Jane – the high-profile 2017 public art trail project which celebrated the life of Basingstoke-born author Jane Austen.

Basingstoke Deane Rotary Club sponsored, and then bought at auction, one of the 24 bookbenches that featured in the public art trail. The auction delivered a boost of nearly £70,000 for Ark, which received 75 per cent of the proceeds from the sale of the bookbenches.

Merv Rees updated the audience on the progress of the cancer treatment centre, which is likely to be built on the existing Basingstoke hospital site, and he thanked the Rotarians and public for their vital and ongoing support, which has seen £1.8million raised towards the charity’s £5m target.

Also on stage for the cheque presentation was Rafi Razzak, chairman of award-winning Basingstoke firm Centerprise International.

Lindy said: “We are grateful to our prime sponsor Centerprise International for yet again generously sponsoring this concert. That support, and the support of our audience, means that this event will raise more than £13,000 for good causes.”

Several of the famous Chelsea Pensioners and Basingstoke and Deane Mayor Councillor Paul Frankum and Mayoress Councillor Jane Frankum were among the VIP guests at this year’s concert – the tenth to be organised by the Basingstoke Deane Rotarians.

As well as raising money for Ark Cancer Centre Charity and other local charities supported by Basingstoke Deane Rotary, the popular concert will also result in funds going to Help for Heroes and The Royal Marines Charity.

Picture caption:

Basingstoke Deane Rotary Club President Lindy Richardson presents Ark Cancer Centre Charity Trustee Merv Rees (second left) with the £10,000 cheque. Also pictured are Basingstoke and Deane Mayor Councillor Paul Frankum (left), Centerprise International chairman Rafi Razzak (second right), and Major Ian Davis, Director of Music The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Collingwood.

Picture by Rod Clarke