Stars Appeal patron and BBC Radio 2 DJ Johnnie Walker, is giving a special performance of his one man show at Salisbury Arts Centre. The show, which Johnnie recently took on a sell-out national tour, tells the amazing story of how he went from Pirate Radio to become one of the best known and most loved broadcasters in Britain. He has held down flagship shows on national BBC radio and was awarded an MBE in 2006. Johnnie became a Patron of the Stars Appeal after undergoing life saving surgery at Salisbury District Hospital during his battle with cancer in 2003. Demand for ‘An evening with Johnnie Walker’ has been huge and the event is already completely sold out.
Meanwhile, across town at the City Hall, ABBA fans are dusting off their platforms and getting ready for one of the biggest partys of the year, as Spire FM and Midas Prosound present the ‘ABBA party night’.
The event features ABBA Gold, the most successful Abba tribute act in Europe, with support from Salisbury based vocal group Evolution and Spire FM DJs Chris Ewington and Martin Starke.
Over 800 tickets have been sold so far for what is expected to be a sell out event. Tickets cost £10 and are available from the City Hall box office on 01722 434434, or through the City Hall website www.cityhallsalisbury.co.uk
Both events will raise money for the Stars Appeal’s Caring 4 Kids campaign which aims to help fund a new Children’s Unit at Salisbury District Hospital. This will benefit over 6,000 children from across Wiltshire, Dorset and Hampshire each year. The new Unit will cost £4million in total, with the Caring 4 Kids campaign covering the cost of extra facilities and equipment including ‘home from home’ rooms for children who regularly spend long periods in hospital, indoor and outdoor play areas and dedicated parents’ accommodation, along with a range of other ‘extras’ to help ensure children receive the very best possible care.
Appeal Director Dave Cates said: “We want to make the new Children’s Unit the very best it can be for the local children and families that will rely on it. We are thrilled that these two fantastic events will be helping us to achieve just that. Our special thanks go to Johnnie Walker for finding time in his busy schedule to do this show and to all involved in the organisation of the Abba Party. Saturday 26 September is going to be a great night for Salisbury and for the Stars Appeal.” Ends
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. Thanks to the generous support of the local community, the Appeal has already funded two major projects, including providing special treatment and diagnostic equipment for premature and critically-ill babies and creating a highly advanced keyhole cancer surgery suite.
The Stars Appeal now faces its biggest challenge to date. The Caring 4 Kids Campaign aims to fund additional facilities and equipment within a new children's unit at Salisbury District Hospital.
For further information please contact:
Hannah Paye, Fundraising Co-ordinator, The Stars Appeal, Salisbury District Hospital. Tel: 01722 429005. www.starsappeal.org firstname.lastname@example.org