A PRIMARY school is supporting a day-long fundraising drive by holding non-school uniform day.

St John’s Church of England Primary School, in Kingsmill Road, Cranbourne, is one of those which has signed up to take part in Ark Day on June 21, to raise money to fund the Ark Cancer Centre Charity’s mission to generate £5million to build a new cancer centre at Basingstoke hospital.

Children at St John’s will be asked to donate £1 each for coming to school in non-uniform to support the charity.

Neil Tunnicliffe, deputy headteacher at the school, said: “We feel the day is an excellent way of raising awareness of the campaign to raise £5million towards a cancer treatment centre and also a chance for us to make a small contribution towards this.

“We were also involved in the 2017 Ark Ride from Basingstoke to the Arc De Triumph, which one of our parents completed. We feel the cause is incredibly worthwhile and will benefit the whole of the Basingstoke community.”

Merv Rees, a world-leading liver cancer surgeon and trustee of Ark Cancer Centre Charity, said: “People have the power to make a really big difference with a small donation on Ark Day.

“Nearly 180,000 people live in Basingstoke and Deane. If everyone donates just £1 on Friday, June 21, then this will make a massive difference to Ark’s £5m campaign.”

Various other schools have also signed up to take part, but there is still time for others to register to take part, by going to arkday.co.uk/schools.