Louise Webber, Victoria Adlard, Chris Murdoch and Janice Harris will all run the 26 mile course around London, which has seen a staggering 711,260 people complete the race since it first started in 1981.
Louise, Victoria and Chris are all running in support of the Caring 4 Kids campaign to help make life better for thousands of local children in hospital, whilst Janice is supporting the Stroke Unit in memory of her father.
Chris is a father of three and is running to realise an ambition held since watching Inge Simonsen and Dick Beardsley cross the line in a dead heat in the first race in 1981.
Chris said: “ I've chosen to run for the Caring 4 Kids campaign as I know that a stay in hospital can be a daunting experience for anybody, but especially children. The new children’s unit will be a huge step in improving things for all of them.”
Local teacher Louise has been a long time supporter of the Stars Appeal.
Louise said: “When I visited the children’s ward it was such a heart-warming and moving experience. The whole team is so cheerful and dedicated to the cause that they deserve as much help as the rest of us can give. I am fortunate to have had two healthy children who have never required long term hospital care, but working with children at school and being involved in Guiding, it seemed the right thing to do. The Stars Appeal’s strap line ‘Going Above and Beyond’ also seemed to match exactly with what I need to do for the marathon.”
As a teaching assistant in Downton, Victoria works with children every day and decided that when she takes on this challenge she would like to raise money to help other children.
Victoria said: “I choose to support the Caring 4 Kids campaign as I work with local children and know what a huge difference this new unit will make to the thousands of children who use it every year.”
Janice is raising money as a way of thanking the staff of Farley Ward for the care that they showed looking after her father when he was a patient there in 2008.
Janice said: “My dad was well cared for in the hospital’s Stroke Unit before he passed away in July last year. I am running the Marathon in memory of my father and to say thanks for the care he received on the Stroke Unit.”
Hannah Paye, Fundraising Co-ordinator for the Stars Appeal said: “We are delighted that we have the four runners in this year’s Marathon. It is a fantastic event and I really hope people will get behind our team and show their support by sponsoring them.”
People can sponsor any of the runners by contacting the Stars Appeal office on 01722 429005 or by logging onto JustGiving and donating on line, where each runner has set up their own fundraising page. The address for their pages are
www.justgiving.com/louisewebber1, www.justgiving.com/janiceharris, www.justgiving.com/vickyadlard and www.justgiving.com/chris_murdoch
Notes to Editors
The Stars Appeal has guaranteed places for some fantastic runs including the British 10k and Great South Run. People wishing to run for the Stars Appeal should contact Hannah on 01722 429005.
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 special treatment and diagnostic equipment for premature and critically-ill babies and an advanced keyhole cancer surgery suite.
The Caring 4 Kids Campaign aims to raise £1 million 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 £4 million in total, with the Caring 4 Kids Campaign covering the cost of extra facilities and equipment. These include ‘home from home’ rooms for children with cancer and cystic fibrosis who regularly spend long periods in hospital; indoor and outdoor play, therapy and assessment areas; multi-sensory equipment for disabled children and dedicated parent’s accommodation where families can stay close to their child.
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