Hook, Hampshire, 20 May 2019 – Whiteoaks International, the number one technology PR agency outside London, today announces that it has chosen Ark Cancer Centre Charity in Basingstoke as its charity partner.

Whiteoaks will kick off its support for the charity on Ark Day, a 24-hour long fundraising campaign on Friday 21 June.  The day will start with Whiteoaks’ CEO, James Kelliher, playing a round of sunrise golf at Dummer Golf Club followed by a team cyclathon.

Between 9am and 4.30pm, employees will take turns to cycle on a static bike ride, with a target to cycle 70 miles during the day. The team can also choose to run or walk some of the distance, with a variety of sweepstakes for the fastest mile, the fastest 15-minute slot, the fastest time to reach the halfway point – and more. The Whiteoaks team will also be encouraging Hook residents to donate at Tesco in the town, and will be running a cake and savoury bake sale to raise additional money.

Ark Day has been organised by the Ark Day Organising Committee and aims to raise as much money as possible for Ark Cancer Centre Charity on the longest daylight day of the year.  The number one B2B PR agency will also invite the other businesses based at Form 1 in Bartley Wood Business Park, Hook, to get involved.

Suzanne Griffiths, Managing Director at Whiteoaks International, said: “We moved to our home in Hook, Hampshire in March 2018 and, just over a year on, it’s the right time for us to choose and support a local charity.

“Ark Cancer Centre Charity is fundraising for a much-needed, dedicated cancer support centre at Basingstoke hospital with a £5 million target. We’re excited to help the charity move closer to its goal and can’t wait to get things started with Ark Day next month.”

Merv Rees, Ark Cancer Centre Charity trustee and renowned liver cancer surgeon who is a driving force behind the cancer treatment centre project, said: “Ark is proud and honoured to have been chosen as a charity partner by the team at Whiteoaks International.

“The business has come up with some great ideas to raise funds for, and awareness of, Ark’s £5m campaign to help fund the new NHS cancer treatment centre that will help and support cancer patients and their loved ones in Hampshire, including those living in and around Hook.

“Thanks to everyone at Whiteoaks for this significant show of support – it is much appreciated and will really make a difference.”

Throughout the Autumn and Winter, Whiteoaks will hold a variety of activities including a Great British Bake Off-style competition, celebrate National Sandwich Day, go carolling in Hook and organise a raffle at its Christmas staff party – with all the money raised going to Ark.

About Ark Cancer Centre Charity

A much-needed cancer treatment centre is to be built by Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in Basingstoke, integrating conventional and supportive cancer care for local people. Everything will be provided under one roof in an uplifting environment that will enhance the care and support that is given.

Ark Cancer Centre Charity is raising £5 million towards the cancer treatment centre – and has already raised over £2 million of that target. This exciting project is a major opportunity for everyone involved to create a centre of excellence that will benefit so many people in the locality.


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