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African skies beckon for Stars Appeal fundraiser 

African skies beckon for local businessman Martin Quigley in April when he starts a 4000 mile motorcycle ride from his home in Wilton to Gambia in West Africa for the Salisbury District Hospital Stars Appeal.


Martin Quigley (seated) with daughter Maddie and Lord Pembroke, President of the Stars Appeal (left), receiving a cheque for £500 from Gary Hodgson, Commercial Manager for RBS in Salisbury and Susie Hurst, Portfolio Manager RBS in Salisbury.


Martin who is hoping to raise £5,000 pledged his support for the Little Lives Campaign for new life saving equipment in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), as a thank you to staff who cared for his daughter Maddie who was ill with a rare illness.

Martin said: "Our daughter Maddie was born in August 2002, but was immediately taken to NICU in a critical condition as she had a rare bacterial disease that can affect babies at birth. However, thanks to the fabulous help of the nurses over the following two weeks, she lived. "

"The work they do changes lives and without this unit our daughter would not be here today. We could have been parents who lost a child at birth with a permanent scar for all of us. Yet we now live our life as a family with our daughter – purely down to this facility and its nurses."

Travelling through Africa on a motorbike has always been a dream of Martin's, but it is something that he has never been able to do before because of business or family commitments. This opportunity to fulfil his dream and raise money for NICU was too good an opportunity to miss.

Although Martin is scheduled to ride the first section of the Africa trip to Gambia, he still hopes to go the full journey to Cape Town, South Africa.

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has donated £500 to help with Martin's ride.

Gary Hodgson, Commercial Manager for RBS in Salisbury said: " We are delighted to be able to support such a worthwhile cause and one that is so close to Martin's heart. We wish him every success with his African adventure. "Martin will be riding a BMW 650 Dakar supplied by MQL Developments, riding with seven other riders from Kudu Expeditions.

Martin also plays in a band, Tramps & Amps, who have organised a gig at Cloisters Pub on Friday, March 23 at 8.30pm to raise funds for the appeal. The band will be performing a range of cover songs from U2 to Snow Patrol and all support is welcome.

For more information about The Stars Appeal please visit or contact Dave Cates on 01722 429005 or email . If you would like to sponsor Martin you can do this directly by going on to . Ends

Notes to Editors:

The Stars Appeal aims to Fund state-of-the-art equipment and new facilities at Salisbury District Hospital above and beyond that which the NHS can provide. While the Appeal is ongoing and raises funds for all areas of the hospital, each year it will focus on a number of major campaigns. The two initial major targets this year are:

  • to raise £100,000 for new state-of-the-art equipment that will help newborn babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
  • raise £300,000 to equip a dedicated keyhole cancer operating theatre, which will enable surgeons to offer more patients keyhole surgery - the most sophisticated and least invasive form of surgery.

The appeal was officially launched by the Appeal's president Lord Pembroke at Wilton House on February 2 in front of celebrities, staff and local people. A further launch event took place at Salisbury District Hospital when the stars of Channel 4's Green Wing and patrons of the Appeal Julian Rhind-Tutt and Stephen Mangan visited the hospital to meet staff and patients.

For further information please contact:
Dave Cates, Director of Fundraising. Salisbury District Hospital. Tel: 01722 429005






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