Salisbury Journal:

NO SOONER had we lifted our glasses to toast reaching the £500,000 mark in the Journal-backed Stars Breast Cancer Unit Appeal then along comes yet another injection courtesy of the brave trekkers who have completed a week of walking the Grand Canyon floor.

The £50,000 they raised may also benefit other elements of the Stars Appeal, but there is no doubting the buzz they have caused by taking on one of the most gruelling walks in the USA.

This was a group of people who were inspired by someone’s “bright idea” on an autumn night, who can now they can take satisfaction in knowing they have made it all come true.

And lest anyone thinks it a walk in the park, take a look at some of the Facebook pages recalling the agony of the trek from some of the 21 team members. They recount the agony and toll on their bodies that the walk took. A revealing picture of a bandaged foot tells the story well.

Hats off to our intrepid trekkers, who like so many who have contributed to the Stars’ target so far, have taken an idea and run (or walked) with it.

It has taken just seven months for the appeal to meet this grand sum, much thanks to the efforts of Journal readers who have been volunteering for all kinds of fundraising events helping to support the campaign to build a dedicated breast care unit at Salisbury District Hospital.

The dedicated unit will enable the hospital to offer faster diagnosis and treatment for patients, with same day diagnosis and state-of-the-art equipment along with purpose-built waiting, diagnostic and treatment rooms, and counselling rooms for women who have just been told they have cancer. A very worthy cause.