The QMC Ark to Arc video project

MORE than £70,000 is set to be raised thanks to a 34-strong peloton of Arkriders who cycled 265 miles from the Ark Conference Centre in Basingstoke to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and finally the Eiffel Tower. Setting off from the Ark Conference Centre on Wednesday morning, the Ark to Arc riders stopped off at Basingstoke’s twin town Alençon before going on to their final destination in Paris.

A much-needed cancer treatment centre is to be built by Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in north Hampshire, 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. The Ark Cancer Centre Charity will raise £5 million to ensure the facilities are state of the art.

A group of talented students from Queen Mary’s College, Basingstoke, in conjunction with Face TV filmed some prmotional videos as part of a work experience scheme with Merit that gave the students a platform to demonstrate their creative skills in a professional environment. The students demonstrated their creativity every step of the way, from story boarding to video editing, and created high quality videos from scratch. Their efforts will help raise awareness for an exceptional local charity that will provide local cancer patients and their loved ones with the care and support they need and deserve.

The students from QMC spoke to Mark Jones, director of fundraising and communications at Ark Cancer Centre Charity, and filmed some promotional content in conjunction with Face TV about the importance of the Ark Cancer Centre Charity.

‘’We need a cancer treatment centre in this area that is accessible to everybody.’’ Said Mark.

While the treatment available through the NHS at Southampton and Guildford is superb, it is a long journey for patients and their families.

‘’The extra money that the Ark Cancer Centre Charity is putting in [will give the new centre] an X-factor,’’ and make it an elite care facility that local cancer patients and their loved ones need and deserve.

The students also spoke to Colin Fanning, Merit’s representative in the Arkriders. He spoke about his motivations behind getting involved in the Ark to Arc bike ride. The poignant message at the heart of the video really underlines the importance of fundraising and support- the incredible spirit demonstrated by the Arkriders and their supporters has been truly remarkable!

”Places like the Ark Charity wouldn’t be able to exist without fundraising…Its very important that people in the community get behind it and raise as much as they can.”

Cancer unfortunately touches so many of us, the new treatment centre in Basingstoke will offer ”a service no one wants to have to use but almost everyone knows someone that has used it.”


You are still able to support this wonderful cause! Your money will go a long way in providing local cancer patients and their loved ones the elite care that they deserve. Please give as much or as little as you can here.


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