BASINGSTOKE Deane Rotarians are celebrating delivering another five-figure boost to a charity’s £5million fundraising appeal.

On Sunday , the charity was one of the beneficiaries of this year’s annual Basingstoke Deane Rotary Club Charity Concert starring The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Collingwood – and Rotary Club president Lindy Richardson made a £10,000 presentation to Ark Cancer Centre Charity trustee Merv Rees.

Handing over the cheque in front of the audience at The Anvil, Lindy said: “All profits from our charity concerts go towards charities supported by The Rotary Club of Basingstoke Deane, and we are delighted to be supporting Ark Cancer Centre Charity for a third year."

At the event, Merv Rees updated the audience on the progress of the cancer treatment centre, which is likely to be built on the existing Basingstoke hospital site, and he thanked the Rotarians and public for their ongoing support, which has seen £1.8million raised towards the charity’s £5m target.

Also on stage for the cheque presentation was Rafi Razzak, chairman of Basingstoke-based firm Centerprise International.

Lindy said: “We are grateful to our prime sponsor Centerprise International for yet again generously sponsoring this concert. That support, and the support of our audience, means that this event will raise more than £13,000 for good causes.”

Several of the famous Chelsea Pensioners and Basingstoke and Deane mayor Councillor Paul Frankum and mayoress Jane Frankum were among the guests at this year’s concert – the tenth to be organised by the Basingstoke Deane Rotarians.

As well as raising money for Ark Cancer Centre Charity and other local charities supported by Basingstoke Deane Rotary, the concert will also result in funds going to Help for Heroes and The Royal Marines Charity.