It's a super Saturday for Ark

It was a super Saturday for Ark Cancer Centre Charity as thousands of pounds were added to the £5million fundraising campaign.

A busy day for the charity saw funds being raised at a Basingstoke RFC sponsors lunch, the annual Hampshire Hospitals Pantomime Players show, and a special charity concert starring a Blondie tribute band.

At Basingstoke RFC, where Ark is the charity of the year of club president Dr Steve Tristram, a signed Sir Mo Farah sports picture montage, kindly donated by Kevin White, from Fortem Financial Management, was bought for £500 by generous bidder Paul Savine, of PRS Plumbing, Heating and Electrical Services. The auction MC was Ark supporter ex-England and Hampshire cricketer Shaun Udal, who is now managing director of Basingstoke-based embroidery and design company Cotton Graphics.

Also at the lunch, which featured many other Ark supporters including some senior members of the team from 'Stoke headline sponsor Champion Group, further funds were raised through the sale of copies of Animal Shorts, a children's poetry book written by Basingstoke and Hampshire rugby legend Richard Hornblow. Richard has kindly donated several hundred copies of the book to Ark for the charity to sell, and so far, the book sales have added hundreds of pounds to the appeal coffers.

Ark is proud to be one of three charities that have been chosen to benefit from the proceeds raised at this year's Hampshire Hospitals Pantomime Players production of 'Jack and the Basingstalk'. Two performances were held at The Haymarket on Saturday, and hundreds of pounds were donated by the generous audience members who enjoyed the panto.

Rounding off a great day for the charity, Blondie tribute band Atomic Rapture put on a special concert at the Apollo Hotel in Basingstoke.

The concert raised funds for Ark and Help For heroes, two charities supported by Centerprise International where Atomic Rapture drummer David Taylor works. The total funds raised at the evening are still being counted up, but it is expected to hit around £3,000, which includes a generous donation that was pledged from the company by Centerprise International chairman Rafi Razzak.

Picture caption: Atomic Rapture performing at the charity concert at the Apollo Hotel.