Josh was part of the successful eight man crew that beat Olympic champions USA and finished second to world champions Canada, bringing to a close a successful 2008 Beijing Olympics regatta. The crew’s second-place finish resulted in Great Britain ending the rowing event with two gold, two silver and two bronze medals.
Josh said: "The Tidworth 10 and 3k run is a very popular event with so many people wanting to turn out to support the Salisbury District Hospital Stars Appeal. For me its a real honour to be asked to start the run and do my bit to help what is an extremely important cause."
Places for this year’s Tidworth 10k & 3k Fun Run are selling fast so the organisers are urging people to get their entry in sooner rather than later so that they don’t miss out.
Both runs are open to runners of all abilities, and are again being sponsored by Salisbury based vehicle checking firm HPI. Every runner will receive a free Tidworth 10k t-shirt and commemorative medal as a reward for their efforts. Red Bull will be on site giving out cans of energy drink and all participants will be entitled to a free massage courtesy of South Coast Therapies.
Dave Cates, Director of the Stars Appeal said: "We are really excited about the new routes which have been organised by Headquarters 1 Mechanised Brigade and Signal Squadron (215). The 10k will take in the army camp itself before heading off on to Salisbury Plain, which can be quite challenging.
The run has a definite military feel to it that you won’t get at other events. The 3k by contrast is a much less challenging route around the polo grounds and is suitable for all to run, walk or toddle! Pushchairs are welcome too. We hope the event will take us a significant step closer to realising our ambition of opening a state-of-the-art Children’s Centre at the Hospital in 2010."
Runners are asked to raise sponsorship towards the Stars Appeal's Caring 4 Kids campaign, which is raising £1million for additional equipment and facilities for a new Children’s Centre that will open at Salisbury District Hospital in 2010. Alternatively, they can support another area of the hospital that is close to their heart. They can enter on line via the stars appeal website www.starsappeal.org or call the office on 01722 429005 for an entry form. This event has sold out for the last two years so it is advisable to register early. Ends
Notes to Editors
Twice a World Championship silver medallist, a World Championship bronze medallist and four times Cambridge Blue, Josh represented GB in the eight at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. He raced in the eight in the 2007 World Cup series winning a bronze medal in Amsterdam. Josh won a bronze medal at the 2007 World Championships in the eight. He raced in the eight in the 2008 World Cup series finishing 2nd, 3rd and 1st.
The Stars Appeal raises money to create the best possible experience for people who use 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. www.starsappeal.org firstname.lastname@example.org