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Walk for Wards is back for 2023 and we need you!

The annual sponsored walk around the beautiful Wilton Estate, which attracts thousands of participants every year, takes place on Sunday, July 9 and we’re inviting all our supporters to get involved and help to make a difference to local patients, their families, and the NHS staff at Salisbury District Hospital.

Walk for Wards 2023 was officially launched on Friday, January 27 at Wilton House by our President, Lord Pembroke, who was joined by some of our Hospital Ambassadors along with representatives from Salisbury Reds, the event’s principal sponsors, and Wilton Rotary Club, who are marshalling the event.

Stars Appeal President, Lord Pembroke said: “It is really exciting to be hosting Walk for Wards again. My family and I enjoyed every minute of it last year. It is the most incredible family event and community get-together combined with fantastic surroundings and a wonderful atmosphere it really is one of my favourite events of the summer.

“It is an amazing family event so tell your friends, tell your relatives, anyone you know who that might have benefitted from the Hospital to join the walk and have a fantastic day out.”

Choose from three routes 

There is a choice of three routes including the family friendly 3k or the 5k but for those looking for more of a challenge there is the 10k walk.

The walk, which is free to enter, is sponsored by Salisbury Reds and held by kind permission of Lord Pembroke. It also includes a free lunch and admission to the Wilton House grounds as well as the adventure playground afterwards.

Walkers are asked to sign up in advance and commit to raising at least £20 sponsorship for their chosen ward or department at Salisbury District Hospital.

Consultant Surgeon and Chair of the Stars Appeal’s Clinical Ambassadors, Mr Graham Branagan, said: “It’s the flagship fundraising event for the Stars Appeal and an opportunity for people to show their appreciation of the care they or their relatives have had over the years, and it is a wonderful chance to enjoy a walk in the splendid grounds of Wilton House.”

Money raised from Walk for Wards goes towards the £1million that the Stars Appeal is aiming to raise this year to fund projects at the Hospital which help thousands of patients and the NHS staff who care for them.

Consultant Surgeon and Chair of the Stars Appeal’s Clinical Ambassadors, Mr Graham Branagan, said: “I never fail to be amazed by the time, effort, energy, and the money that people will give to the charity and the profound difference that makes to patients and staff in a multitude of different ways – there are so many Stars Appeal projects.”

Last year marked the return of Walk for Wards to Wilton House after two years of the event being held virtually due to Covid. Around 1,700 people took part and more than £95,000 was raised.

You can sign up to Walk for Wards now by clicking here.

For those who have already registered you can download a sponsorship form here to get started on your fundraising efforts.

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