Since the beginning of the financial year, we have been very busy raising money for the Ark Cancer Centre Charity. Off the back of three successful years of fundraising, we made the decision to continue our fundraising efforts for the very worthy Ark Cancer Centre.
The Ark Cancer Centre is raising funds to help build a much needed cancer treatment centre here in Basingstoke. Currently, patients in Hampshire can have chemotherapy treatment in Basingstoke and Winchester and, while radiotherapy is also available in Basingstoke, most patients have to travel to Southampton or Guildford for their treatment. This can mean a journey every day for up to six weeks when patients are unwell and vulnerable. The Ark has a goal of raising £5million to contribute to this much needed treatment centre and for that reason we have made it our mission to help them raise as much as they can. Having raised £55,000 since 2015, this year we want to add £15,000 to our total. With this goal in mind, the entire Clarke and Son team has been supporting our fundraising.
On Wednesday 11th July, on what could be described as the perfect weather for our annual golf day, 64 golfers took on Dummer Golf Course with the aim to win the top prize. We witnessed some great golf, using the 14th hole for our ‘nearest the pin challenge’, which was no problem for Adam Davies who hit a tee shot to three feet to win the prize. The longest drive was on the 1st hole and, despite playing into the wind, Adam Davies also claimed this prize. Our very own Chris Lockley won the straightest drive and the winning team with a score of 95pts was a Clarke and Son team made up of Tertius Alberts, Nick Hoadley, James Clifton and Nick Butt. The reigning champions, The Champion Group, put up an admirable defence of their title, finishing second on 94pts, whilst third place went to LFM. Our golf day is seen as a big part of our fundraising and we are pleased to have raised over £4000 on the day. Thank you to everyone one that took part or donated prizes to help us achieve this amount. Our fourth golf day will be held on Wednesday 10th July 2019 at Dummer Golf Club.
On 11th August Marie Pym, Residential Conveyancer, took to the skies and completed a Wing Walk. This was a special event for her as she completed it in memory of her brother Adie, who sadly passed away from Cholangiocarcinoma- an incurable cancer of the bile duct. Having already completed a sky dive in 2015, Marie’s fear of heights did not stop her from once again facing and conquering her fear – she even managed a few waves during the 15-minute flight. Marie went above and beyond her target of £1000 and raised £1500.
Following hot on the heels of Marie’s success, seven brave Clarke and Son colleagues took on a 100m abseil down the Spinnaker Tower. Whilst some felt nervous, the adrenaline junkies of the group were very excited. Each member of the team was cheered on by friends and family during their challenge and once finished, helped them celebrate their achievement. The team of seven added around £1600 to this year’s running total.
Our feet stayed firmly on the ground for the next challenge…on Saturday 29th September, the 19-strong Clarke and Son team were back at it again, this time completing a 20km walk around London. The walk trailed the Thames, crossing 14 of London’s iconic bridges. The team got to see the sights, enjoy the weather and finished with a well-deserved drink! This team achieved a total of £1500 in sponsorship, which means our fundraising total is nearing the £10,000 mark.
After saying “never again” last year, our Marketing Manager, Darren Lovegrove, has just completed his second Basingstoke half marathon. Shedding 9 minutes off his personal best, Darren completed the famously challenging course in 2 hours 7 minutes!
We also provide much easier ways of fundraising for the Ark. Each week, staff can take part in a bonus ball lottery – numbers are bought and the winner will get 50% of the total raised, whilst the other 50% goes to the Ark. So far this year we have raised over £400 from the lottery.
As well as the weekly lottery, we take part in dress down Friday. On the last Friday of every month, staff can dress casually by donating £1 or more to the Ark. We have also had pick-and-mix sweet bags on offer in our reception for our clients and staff to enjoy, with the request of a small donation.
Lastly, we would like to say a big thank you to our supporters for coming to events to cheer us on and an even bigger thank you to everyone who has sponsored or donated to help us achieve the fundraising milestones – we couldn’t have done it without you! With several months left to reach our target, we will be ramping up the fundraising to ensure we meet £15,000.