Building works have started!
Building work has started on the beautiful garden for patients at the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville hospital and should take 6 months to complete.
The build is being expertly project managed by Owen Hemmings of the Robert Lombardelli Partnership. The landscape contractors are Garden Link run by Dan Flynn with his brilliant team including Jason, Matt and Jack. The project is being supported by Sir Robert McAlpine and Keltbray who have generously removed the spoil from the site.
The National Gardens Scheme have generously gave a £135,000 grant to this project under their Gardens and Health Initiative.
Thank you for all your help to make Joe Swift’s plans become a reality. We are now looking for on going to support to cover the costs of maintaining the gardens and all the events and activities which the charity puts on in the garden for patients. These are the essence of Horatio’s Garden and make such a difference for people spending so long in hospital.
The NSIC is one of the oldest and largest spinal injuries centres with an inpatient capacity for 106 adult patients and 9 adolescent and paediatric beds. The centre can see up to 800 inpatients treated in one year, as well as 4,000 appointments for outpatients. It looks after patients from a wide area of the country, with the catchment area reaching from West Midlands all the way down to Kent. For children, referrals are accepted for all of the British Isles and Ireland. With patients often being so far from their family and friends, it is vital for them to have a space where they can enjoy their time together and also have some privacy.
“If there was a garden, it would make a huge difference. Just somewhere to sit, reflect, take your family, pretend you’re not in hospital for just five minutes” Lynn Power, Patient at the National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville.