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Grateful Dads get on their bikes for Stars Appeal 

Local photographer Jon Edkins will take to the road on September 14 and cycle 100 miles to raise funds for the Stars Appeal’s new Caring 4 Kids campaign.



Jon is taking on this mammoth task by way of a thank you to Salisbury District Hospital for the care that they have, and continue to give,  his son William. William spent one month in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit after a difficult start in life when he was born in 2002. Throughout his life, William has spent a great deal of time on the children’s ward and continues to make regular trips to the therapy department to help with his cerebal palsy.


Jon said: "I really want to do something to help the hospital with their plans to create this fantastic new children’s centre by way of a thank you to the staff for how they have looked after William. This new centre will make it so much easier and nicer for all the children including William who have to come to hospital."


Jon will be joined on his challenge by family friend David Womack. David also wants to show his appreciation to the hospital after they quickly diagnosed daughter Martha’s meningitis.


The pair will start and finish their ride in their home town of Mere. The route is yet to be completely finalised,  but will most likely take in a short break at the Berwick St John country fayre which is also supporting the campaign. If anyone would like to support Jon and David they can sponsor them online at


Notes to Editors


The Stars Appeal raises money to create the best possible experience for the 300,000 people 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. In 2007, thanks to the generous support of the local community, the Appeal funded advanced equipment for premature and critically ill babies and an advanced keyhole cancer surgery suite.


The Stars Appeal now faces its biggest challenge to date. The Caring 4 Kids campaign is raising £1million to help create a state-of-the-art children’s centre at the Hospital which will treat over 6,000 children each year. The Caring 4 Kids campaign will fund a range of additional facilities and equipment within the centre including parents’ accommodation, dedicated long stay rooms for children with serious illnesses, indoor and outdoor play areas and a multi sensory room for children with disabilities. The Caring 4 Kids campaign will also fund high-tech equipment for diagnosis and treatment.


For further information please contact:
Hannah Paye, Fundraising Co-ordinator, The Stars Appeal, Salisbury District Hospital. Tel: 01722 429005.

Page Last Updated: 08/05/2014 10:05 
Printed from Salisbury NHS Foundation Website