Amazing milestone for Stars Appeal supporter!

Michael Beck - Wally Wheelbarrow fundraiser for Stars Appeal - June 2016 (Mike Draper)

7:00am 15th July 2017

An 85 year old man from south Wiltshire has hit an unbelievable target for the Stars Appeal.

Michael Beck has now raised £300,000 for Salisbury District Hospital's charity.

He's been supporting the cause for fourteen years.

Michael Beck, Wally the Wheelbarrow

Michael started his fundraising after receiving treatment at Salisbury District Hospital for one of his seven different cancers.

He started wheeling 'Wally the Wheelbarrow' the 13 miles from his home in Fifield Bavant to the hospital, collecting money along the way.

Michael Beck, Wally the Wheelbarrow

Michael and Wally are supported by a small army of volunteers, and are continually raising money for the Stars Appeal, they support a host of events including the Walk for Wards.

Dave Cates from the Stars Appeal told Spire FM, he can't thank Michael and Wally enough:

"This work that Michael, and all those that support him, and the wheelbarrow do, and everybody else, and all our other Stars Appeal supporters, benefits thousands and thousands of local people here at the hospital. And my message to Michael is thank-you. And as ever please keep supporting us because we can do more to make life even better for the local community when they need healthcare."

Michael Beck - Wally the wheelbarrow - birthday cake - June 2016 (Mike Draper)

Despite being 85, Michael is determined to keep on going and keep fundraising as long as possible.

"By the time I get to 90, I shall have raised half a million. If an old chap of 101 can jump out of a plane, then surely I can push my wheelbarrow. None of us knows what's round the next corner so I shall just carry on."

Michael is celebrating his milestone fundraising by holding a special thank-you charity stall in Salisbury Market Square on Saturday 15th July from 9am until 4pm.

He's encouraging his and the charities supporters to pay him a visit:

"It would be lovely to see all those generous local people who have helped me raise this wonderful amount for our local Hospital. I'm looking forward to telling everyone about how their support has made a difference."

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