Thanks for your great support in 2017

It's been another year of great progress for Ark Cancer Centre Charity – and we are delighted to announce that £1.7million has now been raised towards the £5m target that will help to fund the new HHFT cancer treatment centre.

It’s certainly been a significant time for the cancer treatment centre project with a clearer sense of direction emerging about where the much-needed beacon facility is likely to be built – and you can read a message from Ark Cancer Centre Charity trustee Merv Rees at

Merv said: “On behalf of everyone at Ark Cancer Centre Charity, I would like to thank everyone who has raised or donated funds to the charity during 2017, and also all those who have helped to raise awareness of the charity and the cancer treatment centre project.

“We wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and we thank you for your ongoing support which is as important as it has ever been as we continue to raise money towards the £5m target.

“Our facebook page slideshow and the words below put the spotlight on some of the Ark highlights of 2017 – and you can read more about what’s been going on at

“Every pound raised makes a difference, so thank you for your wonderful support that has once again shown that this is a charity, and project, that is ‘For the people, by the people’.“ 

January: It was a bold – and bald – fundraising feat but Liza Nightingale’s decision to shave off her lovely locks for Ark Cancer Centre Charity really paid off.

On Saturday, January 14, mother-of-two Liza’s hair came off in front of a crowd of family and friends at the Candover Clinic, where she was working – and the support of generous supporters, and some match-funding support from Greenham Common Trust for donations made through The Good Exchange fundraising portal, meant she raised £13,430.

February: He’s a Hampshire sporting legend who has made his mark in the world of business – and this year, Shaun Udal and his thriving company Cotton Graphics joined the growing ranks of Our Partner supporters of Ark.

As well as donating funds, the former Hampshire and England cricketer, who is now managing director of the Basingstoke-based clothing and embroidery business, has provided clothing sponsorship support for various fundraising feats by Ark supporters, including JOGLE16 and Richard Pilbeam’s London Marathon run.

April: Delighted dad Richard Pilbeam became the first person to run the Virgin London Marathon for Ark – and he succeeded in raising more than £1,000.

Months of training and hard work paid off for father-of-two Richard as he completed the 26.2-mile course in an impressive time of 4 hours, 36 minutes and 56 seconds.

May: An awesome group of cyclists raised £60,000 by cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

The Ark Cyclists team were led by HHFT consultant orthopaedic surgeon Jonathan Hobby, who took part in the gruelling challenge just months after undergoing treatment for lymphoma. Seven of the 14-strong team – including Jonathan – completed the whole 965-mile journey.

July: It was a recipe for success – and BBC MasterChef 2016 champion and Ark supporter Jane Devonshire was at the heart of producing a winning result for the charity at two special Hampshire Food Festival events.

A fine dining evening, and a cocktails and canapes event – both at The Myers Touch, in Kings Worthy, near Winchester – showcased Hampshire’s finest ingredients, and raised several thousand pounds for the charity.

July: In 2016, it was the JOGLE (John O’Groats to Land’s End) adventure – and this year, the amazing Arkriders piled on the miles and pulled in the pounds by taking part in the Ark to Arc challenge.

A fabulous 34-strong team raised more than £70,000 for Ark and Bike 4 Cancer charity by riding from The Ark Conference Centre to the Arc de Triomphe between July 12 and July 15.

August: Plucky Danielle Taylor showed true grit as she took on a tough walking challenge and raised more than £400.

Twelve months after she had to withdraw from the South Coast Challenge after tearing a ligament in training, Danielle embarked on the trek in 2017. Despite being dogged by injury, she battled her way to 60km before the event organisers insisted that she called a halt for her own health and safety.

September: The high-profile Sitting With Jane BookBench trail event had a very happy ending as more than £60,000 was raised for Ark – the event charity partner – at the grand finale auction of 22 bookbenches in The Ark Conference Centre.

A Wild in Art event, delivered by Destination Basingstoke and in association with Festival Place, thousands of people enjoyed going round the Sitting With Jane BookBench trail between June 17 and August 30 – and the popularity of the benches, which celebrated the life of local author Jane Austen 200 years after her death, was reflected in the successful auction.

September: They are one of the longest Our Partner corporate supporters of Ark – and Clarke & Son Solicitors are now well on track to hitting a £50,000 fundraising target after holding a series of events, including a glittering Charity Ball.

Oakley Hall was the setting for the black-tie event which, with match-funding support from Greenham Common Trust through The Good Exchange, raised £22,500.

October: Several Ark supporters pulled on their running shoes again to raise funds for the charity by taking part in the 2017 Basingstoke Half-Marathon.

As part of their Charity of the Year support for Ark, event headline sponsor Phillips Solicitors provided free places for Ark runners – and match-funding support from Greenham Common Trust, through The Good Exchange, meant the Phillips team, along with other runners from Clarke & Son Solicitors, raised nearly £5,000.

November: An award-winning Belgian choir delivered a spectacular performance at a Rotary-organised concert – delighting a packed church and resulting in a £6,000-plus boost for Ark.

All Saints Church, in Odiham, was the splendid setting for the concert by the internationally-renowned Lyricanto Choir. The special event, attended by around 200 people, was organised by The Rotary Club of Odiham and Hook, and The Rotary Club of Colfontaine-Borinage in Belgium.

November: A show of musical man power and generosity resulted in another wonderful concert and a fundraising boost for Ark.

Basingstoke Hospital Male Voice Choir – whose members have supported Ark at various events since 2015 – and Hart Male Voice Choir joined forces to put on a free concert at All Saints’ Church in Basingstoke. Donations from those who attended saw £769 raised for the charity.

Picture caption: The Ark to Arc cyclists at the end of their journey. You can see this, and other pictures from Ark events in 2017, by going to our facebook page.