Walk for Wards has smashed the Stars Appeal’s fundraising record for a single event, with more than £50,000 now pledged for wards and departments at Salisbury District Hospital.
Over 1,000 walkers took part in the event at Wilton House on Sunday, 19 June – many with their own special reasons for taking part.
‘Thank you for my new hip’, ‘because the hospital saved my little sister’s life’ and ‘thank you for the care my wife received in her final few days’. These were just some of the stories that walkers had pinned to their tops as they made their way round the 3 and 10km routes in support of the hospital.
Gemma Heath, Fundraising co-ordinator for the Stars Appeal, said: “So many people have an emotional attachment with the hospital and wanted to show their support by taking part in Walk for Wards. We are truly grateful to each and every one of them, and to the hundreds of volunteers, our sponsors Wilts and Dorset, and our hosts Wilton House who all made this wonderful event possible.”
The money raised will go towards charitable projects throughout the hospital. This includes facilities and services for cardiac and cancer patients, as well as the provision of a dedicated family accommodation unit for the parents and siblings of premature and critically ill babies.
Walk for Wards will take place again in June 2012. To find out more about this event and other Stars Appeal fundraising activities please visit www.starsappeal.org.
Notes to Editors:
Salisbury District Hospital Stars Appeal
The Stars Appeal is Salisbury District Hospital’s charity. It raises money to create the best possible experience for patients and their families by funding extra care and equipment over and above that provided by the NHS.
300,000 people across South Wiltshire, North and East Dorset and West Hampshire, and beyond, rely on Salisbury District Hospital every year.
Thanks to the generous support of the local community, the Appeal has already funded many projects, large and small, throughout the hospital. They include:
- additional equipment and facilities worth £1million within the new children’s ward and outpatient unit
- a second lab in the Hospital’s Cardiac Suite enabling much interventional work, as well as diagnostics, to be carried out locally
- a highly advanced keyhole cancer surgery suite
- state-of-the-art treatment and diagnostic equipment for premature and critically-ill babies
- additional therapy and facilities for patients with cancer and blood disorders on the Pembroke Unit
- a major contribution to the new bereavement suite
- a dedicated children’s waiting and treatment area in the accident and emergency department (opening summer 2011)
The Stars Appeal is currently focusing on a number of projects including the upgrading of facilities for patients undergoing treatment for cancer and blood disorders and the provision of a £350,000 Family Accommodation Unit for the parents and siblings of babies in the Special Care Baby Unit (NICU).
For further information please contact:
The Stars Appeal