The visit was organised by the Stars Appeal charity as part of their Caring 4 Kids campaign, which aims to make life better for local children in hospital by funding extra facilities and equipment.
The campaign is focusing on raising £500,000 to fund accommodation for parents and siblings of premature and critically ill babies and a dedicated children's waiting and treatment area in A&E.
Lead singer Dappy said: "It's been an honour to be here and meet these kids and to see the good work that the Stars Appeal is doing."
Dave Cates, Appeal Director said: "The aim of the Stars Appeal's Caring 4 Kids campaign is to make life better for children in hospital. We normally do this by raising money, but when we can, we also try and organise visits like this, to give some very special children magical experiences. I think everyone involved was touched by the children's reaction to meeting N-Dubz and I thank for them finding time in their busy schedules to visit us."
If you can help the Stars Appeal raise funds to help local children in Hospital, please contact Hannah Paye at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01722 429005.
NOTES TO EDITORS
The Stars Appeal raises money to create the best possible experience for the 300,000 people across South Wiltshire, North and East Dorset and West Hampshire who rely on Salisbury District Hospital. It funds extra care and equipment over and above that provided by the NHS. The Appeal benefits all wards and departments. It also raises money for major projects. Thanks to the generous support of the local community, the Appeal has already funded a number of projects, including special treatment and diagnostic equipment for premature and critically-ill babies and creating a highly advanced keyhole cancer surgery suite.
The Appeal's current major project is the Caring 4 Kids campaign, which aims to fund a range of new facilities and equipment to make life better for thousands of local children in Hospital. These include:
A self-contained family unit attached to the Hospital's special care baby unit (NICU), which will provide parents' accommodation, play rooms and educational facilities for new mums and dads. Currently, many parents face a daily journey of up to 50-miles to visit their babies, but this much needed new facility will enable them to stay close at hand and spend vital additional time with their newborn babies.
A dedicated children's waiting and treatment area for the thousands of children that attend the Accident and Emergency department each year.
Thanks to the support of local people, the Stars Appeal Caring 4 Kids campaign has already funded a range of extras including 'home from home' rooms, multi-sensory equipment and play areas within the Hospital's new Children's Unit that is due to open in December 2010.