FOR her 21st birthday Antonia Silk wanted to do something special in memory of her father and to say thank you to those who cared for him in his final days.

Miss Silk was just 16 when her father Mark, 44, had a stroke and was admitted to the Stroke Unit at Salisbury District Hospital.

He died on October 19, 2006.

Miss Silk did a tandem skydive to raise money for the hospital’s Stars Appeal and for the Stroke Association, raising £1,600 to be split between the two charities.

She described the experience as “the most incredible moment of my life”, and added “I can't thank everyone enough for all the generosity and support I received.”


CHILDREN, staff and parents from the Coach House day nursery in Fordingbridge went on a sponsored walk through the New Forest and then enjoyed refreshments including juice made from apples the children helped to press.

The event has been held for several years, with the total raised for the Stars Appeal now standing at £1,449.


ARMY officer Mike Ross was admitted to Salisbury District Hospital in August last year when he picked up a rare, waterborne infection.

Mr Ross, 52, had Weil’s Disease, which he believes he probably caught while water skiing, and he spent nearly five weeks in the hospital’s intensive care unit.

He said: “In the dark days in ICU my daughter Poppy promised me that when I got better she would run a marathon with me – not that I remember that conversation. “I had been a keen long distance runner, and the medical staff agreed that it was my good level of fitness that helped in fighting the disease.”

The pair took part in the Bristol half marathon earlier this year, completing the course in just over two hours and crossing the finishing line holding hands. They raised £2,000 for the Stars Appeal to be used to benefit future patients in the ICU and in the Farley War, where Mr Ross began his rehabilitation following his illness.