HALLEY STOTT – Founder of The Valley Trust

As a young doctor working in hospitals in the Durban area, Halley Stott was deeply concerned to see how patients from the rural areas would come into hospital suffering from TB, and other preventable diseases. 

They would return home only to be readmitted to hospital within months. He was convinced that with correct information about nutrition and agriculture their situation and their lives could be transformed. In 1950 he moved with his wife and five children to Botha’s Hill and bought land on the edge of the Valley of 1,000 Hills ‘Reserve’. 

He met with the local chiefs and community leaders and, with their approval, built a clinic in Qadi/Nyuswa, on the road leading down into the Reserve. This opened its doors to the local community in 1951, with Halley as the medical officer in charge. He was joined by his relative, Dr John Ackerman. Patients flocked to the clinic, and Halley soon established a system of home visiting by trained nurses with the aim of keeping people in their homes and communities as far as possible.

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