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Salisbury staff take on Bath half marathon for Stars Appeal 

Staff from Salisbury District Hospital will lace up their running shoes for the Stars Appeal when they take on the Bath half marathon on Sunday, March 25.

Nicola Webb (left) and Sue Whitehead joined Darren Hart at the exercise bike as they catch up on training in the hospital gym.
Darren Hart dons the Elvis costume he will be wearing on the run.

Radiographer Nicola Webb, clinical scientist Darren Hart, human resources manager Sue Whitehead and cardiac physiologist Jude Kidd will battle out the 12-and-half mile course.

Starting from Great Pulteney Street the course winds its way down both sides of the River Avon before returning to the city centre and the famous Georgian style ‘boulevard’.

They will join eight other local people who have pledged their support for the Star Appeal by running the Bath half marathon. All are combining their love of running, their passion for fundraising and the incentive of doing their bit for the Stars Appeal.

The appeal will focus on two initial major targets - to raise £100,000 for new state-of-the-art equipment that will help newborn babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The Appeal will also be raising £300,000 to equip a dedicated keyhole cancer operating theatre.

Dave Cates, Director of Fundraising at Salisbury District Hospital said: " Local people and staff are already planning a number activities since the launch of the Stars Appeal with many looking to combine the fun of running with fundraising achievement."

"Thanks to everyone who is fundraising. We are grateful for the support we are already receiving from staff and local people in whatever way they wish."

The appeal was officially launched by the Appeal’s president Lord Pembroke at Wilton House on February 2 in front of celebrities, staff and local people. A further launch event took place at Salisbury District Hospital when the stars of Channel 4’s Green Wing and patrons of the Appeal Julian Rhind-Tutt and Stephen Mangan visited the hospital to meet staff and patients.

Mr Cates said: "The Stars Appeal is raising funds for additional state-of-the-art equipment and facilities at Salisbury District Hospital over and above that which the NHS can provide."

"The current priorities of the appeal are the Little Lives Campaign, which will provide the most advanced treatment for babies born too small, too sick or too soon and the Keyhole Cancer Campaign to equip a specialist keyhole surgery theatre - one of the first in England."

"The new theatre will enable surgeons to offer more patients keyhole surgery - the most sophisticated and least invasive form of surgery. Keyhole surgery has many benefits for the patients including significantly shorter recovery times and less post operative pain and scarring. " Ends

Other people running for the Stars Appeal are: Joanna Girdleston, Larry Hale, Lynn Vivian, Lesley Lynch, Dave & Claire Sanders, Barry Davis and Tamzin Ewers.

If people would like to sponsor any of the team, please log onto

For more information about The Stars Appeal please contact Dave Cates on 01722 429005 or email





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