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Spinal Unit garden charity missing key fundraising events

Horatio's Garden, the team behind Stoke Mandeville's Spinal Unit garden, have had key events cancelled.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 1:55pm 22nd May 2020. (Updated at 3:35pm 22nd May 2020) 3-minute read.

Spinal Unit garden charity missing key fundraising events

The RHS Chelsea Garden show may be taking place virtually but for many this will impact funding. 

Horatio's Garden are a charity that creates beautiful outdoor spaces for patients, visitors and staff at NHS Spinal Injuries Units.

Stoke Mandeville Hospital's National Spinal Injury Unit saw their garden open in 2018 after years of fundraising. 

Jacqui Playing Games with Children

However, with events like the Chelsea Garden Show taking place virtually, their fundraising has been massively impacted:

Dr Olivia Chapple, founder and chair of the trustees, explains:

"Over the summer months is our big time for all sorts of garden events which all raise necessary income which we need to run the gardens. To run all the events and activities for patients. So we've lost a huge income stream and we're asking people to just think if they can support us in anyway."

The charity currently have 4 completed gardens with 6 others being planned, as they hope to have one in every unit across the UK. 

Olivia explained how important these gardens are:

"The gardens have been a safe place. They're only available for the spinal injuries patients to use, particularly at this time so they know they're going to be shielded.

"But they are not just gardens. They are places people can get involved with artists in residence, have physiotherapy sessions, attend live music events and BBQs. They're also great social spaces, so if you want your friends/family to see you which is so vital... Rather than sitting around your bed on the clinical ward, just going to the gardens everybody relaxes and the visits become a much more positive thing.

"Our impact studies show these gardens are making an enormous difference to people's well being their mood and their rehabilitation."

Gary in Bed

The charity have asked that anyone who is in a position to supports them, whether it be through their shop or a donation.

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