Beaufort team take fundraising to a new height

Fabulous fundraisers from Beaufort Financial really rose to the challenge of completing a daring abseil challenge in support of Ark Cancer Centre Charity.

Members of the Beaufort team, as well as some of their clients and business associates, took Ark’s fundraising to a new height when they abseiled 100 metres down the iconic Emirates Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth on Sunday.

Beaufort Financial, which has clients in Hampshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and the South of England, is supporting Ark for the third year running, and the abseil was one of the company’s main fundraising events for 2018.

The team have received some great sponsorship support, with more donations coming in following Sunday’s successful challenge, and they are now close to hitting their £2,000 target.

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. “The Beaufort Financial team really led the way on this fundraising challenge and they and the other abseilers chalked up 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.”

The Beaufort Financial team and clients who took part in the abseil were Mark Dolby, Lorraine Dolby, Ashley Hull, Sam Tait, Lesley Proctor, Jenn Vallor, Chris Knight, Joe Tinley, Jane Savage, James Di Mambro and Andree-Anne Thibault. They were joined on the abseil by fellow Ark fundraisers Anna O’Shea, Richard Graham, Paul Bird, Gary Livingstone, Sian Lias, Jo Gibbons and Josh Lewis.

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

If anyone wishes to help the Beaufort Financial team hit their target, they can do so by going to

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: Beaufort Financial's Jenn Vallor pictured at the start of her abseil descent.