People asked to "Grow to Give" to help Horatio's Garden

People asked to "Grow to Give" to help Horatio's Garden

Published at 6:16am 29th April 2020.

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The NHS Spinal Injury Centres, including the one in Salisbury, says the social distancing rules is having a big affect on their patients.

Horatio's Garden, which opened it's first site at Salisbury District Hospital, is asking us to some small acts of kindness that will benefit both the community and the NHS.

They have launched the "Grow to Give" campaign, which hopes people will grow plants, flowers or vegetables or even making preserves.

The aim is then to deliver the gifts to the doorsteps of people in the local community, asking if they would donate something to the charity as a little thank you. 

Horatio Garden’s Founder Olivia Chapple said:

"Grow to Give is a simple and fun way people can help. Whilst we’re all facing difficult times, people with spinal injuries are amongst the most vulnerable in our society and many of them are currently facing this crisis alone in hospital. 

Horatio’s Garden has long been a beautiful sanctuary for patients, but now it is more of a lifeline than ever. The charity needs help to ensure that they can continue to offer the safety and tranquility of nature to those who need it most."

Usually, the charity would be hosting a variety of lively garden activities for patients and their loved ones throughout the spring and summer, as well hosting numerous events to raise money for new gardens. 

However, as a result of the current cancellation of social gathering events, the charity is now facing a £240,000 drop in its annual income.


To get involved you should just simply start growing, but they also want you to let them know if you're taking part. 

You can email, call 01722 326834 or tag @horatiosgarden or #growtogive on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Horatio's Garden creates gardens full of flowers that aims to help patients and families who are facing long stays in hospitals. 

The charity is named after Horatio Chapple - a schoolboy who wanted to be a doctor and volunteered at the spinal centre in Salisbury.

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