Horatio’s Garden is a national charity bringing beautiful accessible gardens to the heart of NHS spinal injury centres. Once built, the charity cares for the gardens and runs a programme of events and activities for patients and their families who spend months in hospital after experiencing spinal cord injury.
The charity was founded by spinal surgeon David Chapple following the death of his eldest son Horatio in 2011. Horatio had wanted to be a doctor and was a volunteer at the Spinal Centre in Salisbury. Horatio’s research has shaped the principles of the charity and his legacy is bringing the benefits of the natural environment to patients who have been paralysed.
The charity opened the first garden at the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre, Salisbury in 2012, the second at the Scottish National Spinal Unit in Glasgow in 2016 and the third will open in May at the National Spinal Injury Centre, Stoke Mandeville. Fundraising is well underway for the Midland Centre for Spinal Injuries at Oswestry and designs are being created for Horatio’s Garden London at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.
Horatio’s Garden charity has a great momentum and the gardens’ impact is dramatic - audits show all the patients report their wellbeing being enhanced by having access to the stunning gardens.
"We are delighted to be the BritSpine partner charity 2018. Please consider supporting Horatio’s Garden with a raffle prize for the conference dinner or a donation on the night. We welcome employee fundraising partnerships and corporate volunteering days. Together we can ameliorate the devastating consequences of the aftermath of spinal cord injury for patients and their families."
- David and Olivia Chapple