ENTRIES are now open for this year’s Walk for Wards, in aid of the Stars Appeal.

The event will again be hosted by the charity’s president the Earl of Pembroke, Sunday, July 5. 

It is free to enter and includes lunch and admission to the grounds after the walk, with 3km, 5km or 10km routes available, but all entrants must pledge to raise at least £20 sponsorship. 

All routes start together at approximately 10.30am. 

Walkers can choose to support the hospital ward or department of their choice.

The walk will be supported by Wilton House, Rotary Club of Wilton, the Journal and Spire FM, and the event’s principal sponsor is Salisbury Reds. 

Richard Gagg, operations manager at the bus company said: “We are delighted to continue to support Walk for Wards and the Stars Appeal and the great work they do for the people of Salisbury and Wiltshire.

"As a large local employer, Salisbury Hospital and the Stars Appeal have a special place in the hearts of many of our team. Walk for Wards is a truly inspiring event and we are really pleased to be able to do our bit.”

Gemma Heath, fundraiser for the Stars Appeal said: “The beauty of this event is that you can walk for any ward in the hospital and it’s so touching to see the reasons why written on people’s back signs.

"It’s a beautiful and emotional day, and we are so grateful to everyone who takes part. We are so lucky to have Wilton House and we’re so grateful to the Wilton Rotarians and Salisbury Reds for all their help.”

Jessica Beaver, who is taking part, said: “I am walking due to the outstanding care the Salisbury NHS foundation trust gives to all patients. 

“We have a close relationship with the hospital due to family members being unwell, or under the maternity team. 

“Every department works so hard. So we are grateful and would like to give something back.”

Hayley Sandell, from Blandford, is also taking part, and said: “I am walking for Pembroke Suite as both of my parents had chemo treatment there.”

To sign-up to Walk for Wards visit starsappeal.org