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Trekking the vast Sahara Desert

The Sahara desert is the largest dry desert on the planet covering over 4,800km, and is almost as large as the United States or China.

For its second year, Southampton Hospital Charity have offered the challenge of a lifetime - to trek the Sahara Desert. 

This November, ten adventurers will set out to explore and experience the vast dry landscape of the Sahara desert as they trek over the mighty sand dunes, walk past small desert villages, and amble over dried up river beds for four days. 

After sleeping under the stars in one of the quietest places on earth, they will then head back to Marrakesh to make a difference to a local community. Eight people will be taking on the trek for Southampton Hospital Charity, raising money for various wards/departments and projects across the hospital. A special thank you to our trekkers who we have named below along with the ward or department that they have decided to raise money for:

  • Sharmaine Woolridge, General Purpose fund
  • Lisa Murray, General Purpose fund
  • Mandy Webb, Intensive Care Unit
  • Paul Bacon, Intensive Care Unit
  • Samantha Gibbs, Intensive Care Unit
  • Alison Streather, Prostate Cancer Fund
  • Jonathon Tate, Child health and the John Atwell Ward
  • Donna Parsons, Marketing and Communications Officer for Southampton Hospital Charity, raising money to be split between all of the above causes


If you feel inspired to donate to support our valiant trekkers, text SHRA47 £5 to 70070 or alternatively visit our online page 

Thank you!

Here are some of the reasons why they are undertaking the trek:


Mandy, Paul and Samantha’s story


Mandy (mum), Paul (step dad) and Samantha (granddaughter) are all taking on the Sahara desert in memory of Mandy’s dad. 

Mandy says: “I am doing this challenge to say thank you to everyone in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Southampton General Hospital for caring and doing all they could for my dad during his last days with us in February 2015. He had one to one care every day, 24 hours a day, and the nurses were there to support us too when we needed them. 

The ICU look after around 1,800 seriously ill people every year, so we wanted to leave a legacy for my dad within the unit by fundraising in his memory - We miss him so much.”

Granddaughter Samantha adds: “Whilst visiting my granddad in hospital, I saw the poster for the Sahara desert trek and thought it would be a great challenge, and perfect way to raise money for the ICU staff as they all took really good care of him. 

Sadly on 12 February my granddad passed away. This made me even more determined to do this in his memory, and i have even persuaded my mum and stepdad to do the trek with me so that all of our combined sponsorship can go to the unit.”


If this has inspired you then why not sign up to an open charity challenge and trek the Sahara Desert or wherever you heart desires, while raising money for any ward or department for Southampton Hospital Charity.

Contact Alanna Lee today on 023 8120 4713 or for more information.

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