Basingstoke RFC President’s Charity Lunch

Basingstoke RFC President Dr Steve Tristram and generous club members and supporters have delivered a winning fundraising result. 

On November 7, Dr Tristram, who is supporting the Charity as his Charity of the Year, hosted a special lunch before the First XV’s home game with Cobham to celebrate the outstanding contribution to the club made by Past-President John Evans at the club . 

The lunch was a great success raising funds and awareness for the Charity. Generous donations of prizes from various supporters, including The Tea Bar and the Red Lion Hotel, both in Basingstoke's Top of the Town, Basingstoke Audi, Dummer Golf Club, and Bel and The Dragon, in Odiham, helped to raise a fantastic total on the day, which has been boosted by match-funding from Greenham Common Trust, meaning that £2,950 will be going towards the target.

Ark Cancer Centre Charity trustee Merv Rees, who is one of the driving forces behind the charity and cancer treatment centre project, made an inspirational speech about the pressing need for the new centre, which will save lives and change lives for the better.

Mr Rees thanked Dr Tristram for his generous support for the charity, and also expressed his gratitude to Ark Cancer Centre Charity's many supporters, some of whom were among the guests at the lunch. These included Basingstoke and Deane Mayor Councillor Anne Court, who has chosen the charity as one of the beneficiaries of her Mayor's Charity Appeal.

Dr Tristram, who has taken up the role of President after 20 years as Chairman at the club, said: “I am delighted that this special President’s Lunch was a great success. It gave many people a chance to celebrate the magnificent contribution that John Evans has made to the club for over 60 years, and it raised funds for, and the profile of, Ark Cancer Centre Charity and the cancer treatment centre project.”