There are places on each of the British 10k London Run, the Bristol Half Marathon, the Great South Run in Portsmouth and the Salisbury Half Marathon. These will go to runners on a first-come-first-served basis.
There is also a coveted place on the London Marathon, and a runner will be chosen by the Appeal organisers having applied for a place and completed a questionnaire.
Dave Cates, Director of Fundraising at Salisbury District Hospital said: "The Stars Appeal has two initial major targets and fundraisers are already looking at a variety of ways to raise £100,000 for new state-of-the-art equipment that will help newborn babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The campaign to raise £300,000 to equip a dedicated keyhole cancer operating theatre has also taken off with real interest shown by local people and organisations."
The British 10k London Run takes place on July 1 and is staged on the world's greatest road race routes through the heart of London. It passes many of the capital's world famous landmarks, which include Trafalgar Square, St Paul's Cathedral, the London Eye and Big Ben.
The Bristol Half Marathon is run on September 9 and is one of the UK's leading road races. In recent years it has become one of the largest and most popular half marathons in the country and world gold and Olympic silver medallist Steve Cram has confirmed his entry in this year's race.
The Great South Run takes place in Portsmouth on October 28. The Great South Run is Britain's leading 10 mile running event. The flat route in Southsea, Portsmouth is the ideal course to record a personal best and is regarded as one of the most popular road races in the United Kingdom.
The Salisbury Half Marathon will also take place on October 28. Now in its tenth year, this popular local road race is run on quiet country roads to the north of the city taking in a very scenic Avon Valley through the Woodfords and boasting fine views of Salisbury Cathedral and Old Sarum.
The London Marathon is one of the premier world marathon events and the one place available will be for the run in 2008.
Dave Cates said: "Places on the top runs and marathons are hard to come by, with thousands of people wanting to run as their way of raising money for charitable causes. This is a marvellous opportunity for runners to get their place at a major event and in the process do their bit to support their local hospital."
Mr Cates added: "All places are free for people who want to enter. If interested, please contact Hannah Paye on 01722 429005 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about The Stars Appeal please visit www.starsappeal.org or contact Dave Cates on 01722 429005 or email email@example.com .ENDS
For further information please contact:
Dave Cates, Director of Fundraising, Salisbury District Hospital. Tel 01722 429005.