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Wessex Group heads for the stars

This year Wessex is throwing its fundraising efforts behind Salisbury Hospital's Stars Appeal, which follows on nicely from our support of the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance last year - for whom we raised just over £6,600!

The Stars Appeal is Salisbury District Hospital's charity and each year projects funded by the charity help thousands of local people get better faster, return home sooner, and have a more positive hospital experience.

The Stars Appeal is aiming to raise £1million in total this year to fund projects which offer direct, practical support to patients and their families, over and above what the NHS provides.

These include cancer support, help for older and dementia patients, a child friendly children's ward and parents' accommodation, hospital chaplains, free wi-fi  and advanced equipment in key areas such as cancer surgery, cardiac care and the Neonatal Unit as well as enhancing the patient environment across the hospital.

Tracey Martin, Compliance Manager, nominated this worthy charity and it received by far the most votes from our staff, many of whom have used the hospital in one capacity or another.

Simon Morgan, Director,  & Rachel Roberts, Head of Customer Services, recently visited the hospital and saw at first hand the difference the extra money makes – across all the departments.

Mr Graham Branagan, cancer surgeon and Stars Appeal Ambassador, said "We are so grateful to everyone at the Wessex Group for choosing our hospital charity, the Stars Appeal, as their charity of the year.

"The money they raise will help local people in hospital by funding projects that provide direct, practical support to patients such as free wi-fi, accommodation for the parents of sick children, recreational trips for people with spinal injuries and support for cancer patients."

Full details of the projects the Wessex Group are supporting can be found at http://www.starsappeal.org/our-wish-list/