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Sitting With Jane auction raises more than £70K for Ark

The Sitting With Jane event had a very happy ending as the BookBench auction raised nearly £100,000 – delivering a massive boost to Ark Cancer Centre Charity.

A Wild in Art event, delivered by Destination Basingstoke and in association with Festival Place, thousands of people enjoyed going around the Sitting With Jane public art BookBench trail between June 17 and August 30 – and the popularity of the benches, which celebrated the life of local author Jane Austen, was reflected in a very successful auction.

Sitting With Jane bookbench auction looms

So, today's the day – the grand finale of the marvellous Sitting With Jane event as 22 of the bookbenches are auctioned to raise funds for a much-needed cancer treatment centre.

A ‘Wild in Art’ event, delivered by Destination Basingstoke and in association with Festival Place, thousands of people enjoyed going around the Sitting With Jane bookbench trail between June 17 and August 30, and the popularity of the bookbenches has been reflected in demand for tickets to the auction.

Clarke & Son round up more support for Ark

They are great Our Partner supporters of Ark Cancer Centre Charity – so another round of applause please for Clarke & Son Solicitors for organising a charity rounders evening.

The fun contest saw four teams taking on each other in a round-robin contest at Basingstoke RFC's Down Grange ground.

A team from RSM Basingstoke were the overall winners and were delighted to take home the winners' wine.

Phoenix Wealth team are on their way

They're on their way!

At just after 8am, a 13-strong team from Phoenix Wealth set off on a one-day bike ride from Basingstoke to Birmingham - and Ark Cancer Centre Charity will be one of the charities to benefit from the funds that are raised.

The Basingstoke-based staff at Phoenix - formerly AXA Wealth - have been supporting Ark as their Charity of the Year during 2016 and 2017, and the latest fundraising feat will see three members of the team piling on the pedal power for Ark, while 10 other colleagues from Wythall raise money for their office's chosen charity.

Tickets for Sitting With Jane auction sold out

On Friday, the Sitting With Jane bookbenches will be going, going, gone – and while there is still time to register to bid online, tickets to the actual auction evening have now sold out. 

A ‘Wild in Art’ event, delivered by Destination Basingstoke and in association with Festival Place, thousands of people enjoyed going around the Sitting With Jane bookbench trail between June 17 and August 30, and the popularity of the bookbenches has been reflected in demand for tickets to the auction.

Helpful advice for Sitting With Jane bidders

There are just three more sleeps to go before the Sitting With Jane bookbench auction – so there's no better time to answer some questions for would-be bidders.

A ‘Wild in Art’ event, delivered by Destination Basingstoke and in association with Festival Place, thousands of people enjoyed going around the Sitting With Jane bookbench trail between June 17 and August 30, and it is hoped that the popularity of the bookbenches will now be reflected in a successful auction for the charity partner.

Still time to register for Sitting With Jane auction

The final chapter in the Sitting With Jane story will be written on Friday – but there is still time to get in the running to bid for one of the unique Jane Austen-themed bookbenches and support a local cancer charity.

On September 15, 22 bookbenches will be sold at auction and 75 per cent of the proceeds raised will go to the Sitting With Jane charity partner Ark Cancer Centre Charity – leaving a lasting legacy that will help and support cancer patients and their families as Ark is raising £5million towards a unique local NHS cancer treatment centre.

Phoenix three pile on pedal power for Ark

A team from Ark Cancer Centre Charity Our Partner supporters Phoenix Wealth are gearing up for a one-day bike ride to Birmingham to pull in more pounds for the charity.

The Basingstoke-based staff at Phoenix, formerly AXA Wealth, have been supporting Ark as their Charity of the Year during 2016 and 2017, and the latest fundraising feat will see three members of the team piling on the pedal power next Wednesday. 

September 13 is ‘Cycle to Work’ day, a national event which encourages everyone to take to two wheels and cycle to work on at least one day. 

Four-page spotlight on Sitting With Jane auction

Great four-page special on the Sitting With Jane September 15 bookbench auction in today's Basingstoke Gazette. 

The big day is just 8 days away, and the clock is ticking if you want to register to bid for one of the 22 bookbenches - each one an individual work of Jane Austen 200 art. 

Seventy-five per cent of the proceeds raised at the auction will go to Ark Cancer Centre Charity - and this means that every successful bidder will be helping to fund the much-needed unique local cancer treatment centre that will be built in the Basingstoke area. 

It's the final countdown to the Sitting With Jane auction

The final countdown to the Sitting With Jane bookbench has begun - and now it's just nine days until the bookbenches are auctioned to raise money for a much-needed local cancer treatment centre.

On Friday, September 15, 22 bookbenches will be sold at auction and 75 per cent of the proceeds raised will go to the Sitting With Jane charity partner Ark Cancer Centre Charity – leaving a lasting legacy that will help and support cancer patients and their families as Ark is raising £5million towards a unique local NHS cancer treatment centre.

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