I am delighted to be a Patron of this important appeal. The Scottish rugby community knows the devastating effect that spinal cord injury can have on people and their families.
Having a beautiful garden to go to during the long months in hospital would make a massive difference especially to injured sports people who, before their accidents were used to being outside.
Vivid are the memories of dedicated hospital care received by my father after breaking his back 40 years ago, though equally vivid are months of morale sapping gloom amidst monotonous surroundings. To breathe, to imagine the nature and countryside he loved through a beautiful garden would have done untold good. Who can doubt the profound importance of Horatio’s Gardens wherever people face such trauma. We can all play a part in creating them.
I was delighted to be asked to join the team. I have known Horatio’s grandfather for more years than I care to remember.
I have grown things since I was a boy, (sometimes under duress), and the Southern General saved my son’s life.
A garden is ‘the purest of human pleasures’, in the words of Francis Bacon, so Horatio Chapple’s vision of creating gardens to be enjoyed by patients with spinal injuries was truly inspired.
I am delighted to be a Patron of Horatio’s first Scottish Garden, at the Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit in Glasgow, and it is with great excitement that we embark on a project to make his vision become a reality for the second time. I look forward to watching this new garden grow and bring pleasure to many in Horatio’s memory.
I am so delighted to support this wonderful venture and having a member of our family who has been treated for spinal injuries, has given both my wife and myself a small insight into the life changing effects that such injuries cause.
So to provide a place of sanctuary and rehabilitation is a great thing and I do hope Horatio's Gardens flourish throughout the length and breadth of the land.
I believe that Horatio's Garden will be an important and beautiful creation that will contribute enormously to the well being of Scottish spinal patients. I remember the grimness of the courtyard in Glasgow and what a garden, such as you plan, would have done to lift my spirits.
What a wonderful opportunity to help with something that I truly believe in. The power of green spaces to heal and to bring respite.
A garden is a fitting memorial to Horatio, who made such an indelible impression on his many friends. A garden will always continue to grow, and so, I am sure, will memories of Horatio, and what he achieved.
I am delighted to support Horatio's Garden. Over the years some of my main interests have been in quality of life and well-being for those who are unwell. This can be influenced by many things, including the environment of care. A garden can make all the difference to someone who needs help and support.
I am aware from other charities how much pleasure and real enjoyment, patients get from a garden near their hospital and how in addition it aids their recovery. This must be especially so with patients confined to a bed or wheel chair. Horatio's Garden at the South Glasgow University Hospital will be a huge asset and a very worthwhile memorial.
Horatio’s Garden is an inspiring yet simple idea of how to transform loss into gain by using nature to heal the body and soul in a beautiful haven of peace and tranquillity – what could be a better legacy for a life sadly cut short than to be the catalyst for so many others to benefit indefinitely.