Stars Appeal President Lord Pembroke officially launched Walk for Wards 2013 today and is inviting local people to take part in the event which takes place in the grounds of Wilton House, his ancestral home, on Sunday 23rd June.
Lord Pembroke said, “Our local hospital does such a great job and the work of the Stars Appeal makes an enormous difference to people in every ward and department. Last year’s walkers raised a record-breaking £63,000. Much of that went towards enhancing the new Neonatal Unit and attached parents’ accommodation, projects especially close to my heart as I was cared for in the old Neonatal Unit as a baby. Now I encourage local people to get involved again. Come and join this year’s walk at Wilton House to raise even more funds for important charitable projects around our Hospital.”
Over the last seven years, thousands of local people have enjoyed the annual Stars Appeal Walk for Wards. As a result the event has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds to help fund additional care, the latest equipment and a better environment for patients in Salisbury District Hospital.
Walk for Wards features two routes, both of which cross the beautiful Palladian Bridge and go on to the parkland and woods of the estate. The 3k walk is particularly suitable for young families with toddlers and pushchairs whilst the 10k walk is more challenging. All walkers get a free picnic lunch, medal and the chance to enjoy the grounds and adventure playground after the walk. Entry is free, but all walkers must register in advance and pledge to raise a minimum sponsorship of £15 per person.
Walkers can choose to support a particular project, ward or department, or raise funds for wherever the need is greatest. This year the Stars Appeal is raising funds for a number of new projects to make a difference for local people in Salisbury District Hospital.
These include: building a therapeutic garden for cancer and stroke patients; providing state-of-the-art heated cots for the Neonatal Unit, so that babies can be transferred out of incubators sooner; improving care for teenagers and young adults on the Hospital’s Pembroke Cancer and Blood Disorder Unit; funding state-of-the-art monitoring equipment for seriously ill children; providing portable diagnostic machines for cardiac patients, especially those too sick to be moved; and supporting creative activities for elderly patients.