Advertisement

  1. ITV Report

Horatio's Garden reaches fundraising target for Stoke Mandeville

The healing garden at Salisbury's spinal injuries unit

A Wiltshire-based charity which transforms the lives of patients with spinal injuries has reached a major milestone.

Horatio's Garden builds and maintains therapeutic green spaces at spinal injury units- the first was opened at Salisbury District Hospital in 2012.

Now they've announced they've raised a staggering £850,000, to ensure work can begin at Stoke Mandeville's spinal injuries centre in Buckinghamshire.

A grey and uninspiring patch of land will be transformed... Credit: ITV
....into a calm, green space Credit: Horatio's garden

An unpromising patch of land will be transformed into a therapeutic garden for patients, many of whom spend months in hospital for treatment.

It's been designed by Gardener's World presenter Joe Swift, and will be the most ambitious Horatio's Garden yet.

Horatio Chapple was 17 when his life was cut short

The charity was the brainchild of Horatio Chapple, an Eton schoolboy who was killed by a polar bear on an expedition to the arctic circle in 2011.

His mother Olivia has ploughed her energies into realising Horatio's dream. The 17 year old had wanted to become a doctor and volunteered at the Salisbury unit.

He realised the importance of outside space, away from the clinical atmosphere of a hospital.

Student Jack Mannings from Sussex, who was seriously injured in a car crash, speaks about what Horatio's Garden means to him:

Once built, the stunning sanctuaries are run by volunteers, who incorporate gardening as therapy for patients whose lives have often been changed forever.

For more details about the Horatio's Garden charity, please click here