Horatio lived his life with enthusiasm and humour – he had a great ability to laugh at himself. He was inclusive, kind and interested in people. Tall, strong and fearless – it is not surprising that he loved rugby.
Horatio was excited about his plans to study medicine and really enjoyed volunteering at Salisbury spinal centre in his school holidays. It was his patient research that established the need for a beautiful garden to be created.
Tragically, Horatio did not live to see the garden grow. At the age of 17, while on an expedition to Svalbard, he was killed by a polar bear. He acted with unfaltering courage and lost his life.
Horatio’s strength of character helped him to have clear values and direction. He was inquisitive, hard working and determined. Yet he was at his happiest bantering with a close group of friends or lying in the garden reading a book.
Horatio’s Garden is a symbol of the hopes that Horatio had for a future of making a difference to the lives of others.