Registered Charity Number 1151475 (England & Wales) & SC045386 (Scotland)
People with spinal injuries spend many months in hospital, which often means that many patients and families celebrate Christmas on the ward. Horatio’s Garden offers them a place to appreciate the festive season in a warm, beautiful setting where everyone can simply enjoy being together. Each garden features a garden room where patients can enjoy tea and homemade cakes with their visitors in a homely setting and spend time in the garden environment no matter the weather.
We are a national charity creating and nurturing stunning garden spaces to improve the lives of everyone affected by spinal injury. The charity was established in 2012, and we have been planting hope for patients throughout the UK ever since.
Horatio’s Garden rely entirely on donations and our team of incredible volunteers to support patients and their loved ones in a huge variety of ways. This could be by helping patients in the charity’s gentle garden and art therapy sessions, which support their mental and physical rehabilitation, or by being on hand to simply listen and offer a comforting cup of tea to those facing difficult times.
A spinal injury changes lives in unimaginable ways, but together we can raise the money needed to make a difference this Christmas and beyond.
“A magical place when life is not too magical.”
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More about Horatio's Garden
Horatio’s Garden was founded in 2012 in memory of Horatio Chapple, a 17-year-old schoolboy who wanted to be a doctor. Whilst volunteering in the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre in Salisbury, he realised that patients had nowhere they could go to for some respite from the hustle and bustle of the ward. He soon began to speak with patients, asking them if they thought a garden was a good idea and what they would like it to look like.
Tragically, Horatio’s life was cut short when his camp was attacked by a polar bear whilst on an expedition to Svalbard in 2011. However, his legacy continues to help patients and their families, providing them with spaces offering both tranquillity and community.
“Spending time in the garden and the garden room daily soothed my pain. It helped me with my recovery and allowed me to remember to focus on the positives.”
We opened our first garden in Salisbury in September 2012 and since then the charity has continued to grow. We now have an additional three gardens open in Scotland, Stoke Mandeville, and Oswestry and we will soon begin to create a further two in both London and Cardiff. Every Horatio’s Garden is brought to life by a leading garden designer and each one continues to be shaped by Horatio’s original research.
Once the gardens are established, they are lovingly cared for by a Head Gardener and a team of volunteers. Not only do they ensure that the garden remains looking gorgeous throughout the year, they also support the activities organised by the charity for patients, their families and their friends. These include seasonal events, music concerts, artists in residence, garden and art therapy sessions, and of course tea and cakes. Most importantly, they are always there to offer kindness to all those who visit Horatio’s Garden.
Our research shows that over 90% of patients believe that spending time amongst nature in these spaces improves their mood and sense of wellbeing. With your support, we can create a Horatio’s Garden in each of the eleven NHS spinal injury centres across the UK and offer everyone the chance to be part of a positive, thriving community.