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Salisbury District Hospital surgeon's desert run for African hospital 

Salisbury District Hospital surgeon Cleo Oliver will run 150 miles in six days across the scorching Namibian desert in southern Africa to raise money for the Salvation Army run Howard Hospital in neighbouring Zimbabwe.


Cleo at the start of her Sahara Desert run.

Cleo starts her challenge on May 17 and will run from Keetmanshoop, across arid, semi-arid and subtropical terrains, to the coastal town of Luderitz. She will carry everything she needs, except a tent and water which will be provided at regular intervals on the way.


Cleo said: “The people of Zimbabwe have suffered so much over the last 10 years and they now  have little access to good medical treatment and facilities as many of the Government run hospitals have closed down. Staff at the Howard Hospital now provide care for an increasing number of patients. They also work for minimal salaries and untrained workers often have to undertake highly skilled tasks as many qualified staff have now left the country.“


Cleo added: “This will be only the second time I’ve run a race like this, the first was across the Sahara Desert. Despite this,  I’m looking forward to this challenge and doing my bit to help people in Zimbabwe.”


People can sponsor Cleo online at: or send cheques to Cleo Oliver, Department of General Surgery, Salisbury District Hospital, Odstock Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire. SP2 8BJ. Cheques should be made payable to the Salvation Army.  Ends


For further information please contact

Patrick Butler, Public Relations Manager, Salisbury NHS  Foundation Trust. Tel: 01722 425170.

Page Last Updated: 08/05/2014 10:05 
Printed from Salisbury NHS Foundation Website