Horatio's Garden Salisbury will be the blueprint for 11 others

Patients in Horatio's Garden

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 8:08am 26th December 2017.

The charity behind the garden is reassuring us that there's a commitment to keeping the Salisbury District Hospital site thriving.

It's hoped the success of Salisbury's Horatio's Garden can be copied 11 times over before too long - to help spinal injury patients and their families.

The charity behind it wants to build a similar garden at every spinal treatment centre in the UK, using Salisbury's as the blueprint.

There are three Horatio's Gardens so far - as well as Salisbury, there's one open in Scotland and another currently under construction at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

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Chair of Trustees Olivia Chapple says there are more plans underway right now:

"Spinal units are coming to us and are very keen to obviously have a project which enhances things so much. But also for the garden designers; the value that they get from it, being involved in such a project where their gardens make such a difference to so many people is wonderful."

Salisbury's Horatio's Garden has been open for the last five years.

It was set up in memory of Bishopstone teenager Horatio Chapple (pictured here) who was killed by a polar bear during an expedition to Norway, aged 17, in 2012.

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He regularly volunteered at the spinal unit at Salisbury District Hospital, and his parents wanted to do something in his honour that would support the people that he was so keen to help.

Olivia Chapple is Horatio's mum and she's taken a personal interest in trying to make the gardens a success.

She told Spire FM that the response to the idea has been fantastic:

"We're working actively with two other ones - we're about two thirds of the way through capital fundraising for the next one, which will be in the Midlands at Oswestry. Then, we've launched our fifth campaign, which is going to be for Horatio's Garden London."

As the Horatio's Garden project expands across the country, there is a reassurance though that Salisbury's will remain and keep thriving.

Olivia and David Chapple in Horatio's Garden

Olivia Chapple with her husband David, at the launch of Horatio's Garden Salisbury

A survey by the charity has found that 100% of the patients that have been using them have noticed a positive impact on their wellbeing and recovery, thanks to the access they get to the garden in all weathers.

You can read more about the work of Horatio's Garden on the the Spire FM Local News page at www.spirefm.co.uk/news

It costs a huge amount of money to get the gardens built in the first place, but that's just the start.

Chair of the Trustees Olivia Chapple says there are a number of things that have to follow:

"We cover the costs of the Head Gardener, having tea and coffee always available, the costs of garden therapy, artwork, sculpture exhibitions, everything that happens in the gardens has to be funded. Our running costs (for each garden) are around £35,000 a year."

The charity's also made it clear that fundraising that's collected locally is kept with the garden where it's raised.

You can find out more about the charity on their website at www.horatiosgarden.org.uk

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