Basingstoke Town FC delivers great result for charity partners

IT’S proud to be a community-focused football club – and now Basingstoke Town FC has delivered an end-of-season show of support for its charity partners.

Ark Cancer Centre Charity and St. Michael’s Hospice has each been presented with a £1,000 cheque after the club received the money from the Football Association Community Shield Charity Fund.

The 2016-17 season saw officials and fans vote to rename the club’s home ground as the Ark Cancer Charity Stadium in a show of support for the charity, which is raising £5million towards a unique local cancer treatment centre in the Basingstoke area.

During the season, which has just ended with Basingstoke Town FC’s first team winning the Hampshire FA Senior Cup Final by beating AFC Bournemouth 7-6 on penalties after the game ended 0-0, the club’s fans and officials have supported Ark and St Michael’s Hospice.

Mark Jones, director of fundraising and communications at Ark Cancer Centre Charity, and Iain Cameron, director of income generation at St. Michael’s Hospice, were delighted to be presented with the £1,000 donations by Basingstoke Town FC chief executive David Knight.

David said:

The club is pleased to have chosen Ark Cancer Centre Charity and St. Michael’s Hospice as the two charities to benefit from the donation that the club has received from the Football Association Community Shield Charity Fund.

Everyone at the club has been pleased to support both of these good causes which are focused on delivering much-needed support to people in and around the Basingstoke area.

Mark said:

Ark Cancer Centre Charity is proud to be a community partner of Basingstoke Town FC and is grateful for the great support that the charity has received during the 2016-17 season, particularly through the renaming of the stadium – the first time a club in the Football League pyramid has supported a charity in this way.

Iain said:

At St Michael’s Hospice, we are currently focusing on increasing our community services to reach more patients than ever, and support such as this is vital to us achieving that.

Basingstoke Town FC has always been a huge supporter of the Hospice, and on behalf of our patients and their families, I would like to thank the club, and the fans, for that support.

Both charities will be receiving further support from Basingstoke Town FC when the club hosts a Charity Family Fun Day at the ground on Sunday, May 28 between 11am and 5pm. The event will feature a charity football match and a range of family-focused entertainment including a bouncy castle and face painting – see event details below:

Charity Family Fun Day

The success of Ark’s £5m appeal will ensure a range of support services and complementary therapies are available alongside chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments in a calm and uplifting environment.

The new centre, which is largely being funded by Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (HHFT), is earmarked for a location in the Basingstoke and Deane area, and if the preferred site near to Junction 7 of the M3 is approved, it will be easily accessible to everyone in the HHFT area.

St Michael’s Hospice cares for patients throughout North Hampshire who are affected by life-limiting illness. This care is provided both within the Hospice and out in the community in patients’ homes. All the Hospice services are geared to helping people live life to the fullest and ensure their quality of life is the best it can be.

In 2017, the Hospice celebrates its 25th anniversary, and with current annual running costs in excess of £3.7m, the ongoing local support of the North Hampshire community is essential to ensuring those who need their care can receive it.

Picture caption:

Mark Jones, centre, and Iain Cameron, centre left, with the £1,000 cheques that were presented to Ark Cancer Centre Charity and St Michael’s Hospice. Mark and Iain are pictured with some of the Basingstoke Town FC first team players as well as chief executive David Knight, first team manager Terry Brown, and academy manager Jason Bristow.

Picture by Sarah Gaunt Photography

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