The Beaufort Financial Arkriders complete the Twin Towns Tour

Three of the firm’s Financial Advisers have yet again raised thousands for the Basingstoke Ark Cancer Centre Charity.

Mark Dolby, Andy Coles and Ashley Hull of Reading-based IFA firm Beaufort Financial have raised another £3,415 for the charity, which is aiming to raise £5m to build a specialist cancer treatment hospital in Basingstoke, Hampshire. The money will be added to £20 million pledged by the NHS.

For the fourth year, Beaufort Financial advisers joined the Arkriders’ summer fundraising endurance bike ride. The John O’Groats to Lands End challenge was the first in 2016, followed by Basingstoke to Paris (262 miles) in 2017, and Basingstoke to Bournemouth and back on the hottest weekend of the year in 2018.

This year saw a team of 30 riders set off from the Ark Conference Centre in Basingstoke and cycle to Cologne, via Basingstoke’s twin towns of Braine – L’Alleud in Belgium and Euskirchen over the German border, before reaching the destination some five days, 500 miles and five countries later.

Overall the group have raised £48,300 so far on this trip, totalling approximately £270,000 over the last four years.

Commenting on the challenge, Andy Coles said: “We joked on our first ride to Land’s End that the Ark Centre’s first patient could be one of us. Unfortunately, one of our own riders, Richard, was diagnosed with cancer earlier in the year. Which is an all too familiar story and one that has brought the cause sharply into focus. Richard’s recent news is encouraging, but he has a long journey ahead. We were pleased to be able to take on this challenge to raise money once again for such a worthwhile cause”.

Mark Jones of the Ark Cancer Centre Charity added “The Ark Riders have been at the heart of the community campaign to raise the money for the new NHS cancer treatment centre in Basingstoke and now the 2019 peloton have piled on the miles, and the pounds, in this latest formidable feat. So far we have raised over £2.3 million.

On the 28th September, the Arkriders will host the “Eine Grosse Nacht” celebration to mark the epic feat at the Basingstoke Irish Club. Tickets are selling fast, so please visit to get yours.

You can still donate via the link:

Alternatively, you can send a cheque payable to ‘Ark Cancer Centre Charity’ and send it to: Dinwoodie Drive, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG24 9NN.

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