"Horatio's Garden has provided a turning point in the care of people in the spinal units where they are now available. I hope that one day, every one of us, the people living with the legacy of a spinal injury, will have started their journey of rehabilitation with a Horatio's Garden as the font of their recovery".
"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".
"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".
"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".
The Countess of Radnor is our patron. The Countess is involved in all aspects of Horatio’s Garden and is also a volunteer, supporting patients who use the garden.
“I only wish I had known Horatio Chapple better as what essentially has been developed on the back of his initial research and furthermore in his memory is such an outstanding legacy. Horatio’s Garden continues to grow and to offer support in many areas to patients with spinal cord injuries. It is such a huge privilege to be patron of such an inspiring charity. Long may the garden grow and all that it has to offer.”
We are a Charitable Incorporated Organisation run by a board of trustees who give their time voluntarily. Their varying talents and experience help us to meet our charitable goals and objectives, whilst keeping the costs of running the charity to a minimum. 89p in the pound goes directly to our charitable objectives.
The executive team is Dr Olivia Chapple and Victoria Holton, who work as full time volunteers. Each garden will have a part-time head gardener and events/volunteer organiser.
All our staff and volunteers work with dedication and commitment. We could not run without their unwavering support. All our office staff are part time accounting for just 4.5 full time equivalent.
James joined the Horatio's Garden team in 2018 as Finance Director.
Lucy has a background of 15 years in the Not for Profit sector and has run her own business. In 2018 Lucy joined the team as Head of Communications.
Emma joined the team in 2018 and works part time as Head of Fundraising and Trusts & Foundations.
Annabel has joined the team as Head of Events.
Having graduated with a Masters from the University of Sheffield, Beth has now joined the team as Fundraising Assistant.
Sandra joined Horatio's Garden in November 2016 as the Finance Adminstrator. She is a qualified accountant, who worked R Twinings & Co Ltd for 20 years as their Group Accountant and Accounts Service Manager, before taking early retirement. Prior to Twinings, Sandra was the Accountant for Britax Excelsior in Andover which manufactures Child Seats.
Fiona joined Horatio's Garden in June 2017 as the Office Administrator. She previously worked in the NHS for the Salisbury & North Hants Diabetic Eye Screening Service as an administrator. Before the NHS, Fiona worked in various admin/secretarial roles and at a children's day nursery.
Miranda has returned to Horatio's Garden for her second summer working as Charitable Trusts and Foundations assistant, supplementing her degree in Classics at Oxford University.
Jo joined Horatio's Garden in January 2018 as part of The Rank Foundation's Time to Shine Internship programme after graduating from the Royal Agricultural University in 2016. She is now working as Communications & Media Assistant.
Jacqui joined the team as Head Gardener at Horatio's Garden Stoke Mandeville in 2018, and alongside this she works in a Forest School for children.
Stephen joined the team in 2018 as Head Gardener at Horatio's Garden Salisbury and has recently taken over the role of Volunteer Co-Ordinator.
Sallie joined the team in the beginning of 2016 in Glasgow and is Head Gardener of Horatio's Garden Scotland. She has a vast array of experience in the horticultural sector and still works as a Horticultural Therapist in the garden.
We have a vibrant wonderful team of volunteers who bring different skill sets to the charity. Our volunteers support patients to use the garden, do the gardening, run and help with fundraising events, produce a magazine for patients, support and mentor younger volunteers (volunteens) and represent the charity at functions.
If you would like to join our team of volunteers please contact us for further information. We particularly welcome ex-patients of the spinal centre.
"Volunteering at Horatio's Garden has been a very useful and enjoyable experience. All the fellow volunteers are very friendly and welcoming and made me feel part of the team.
Many of the patients are fairly young and appreciated being visited by someone of similar age. I was able to get to know the patients well, try to understand their situation and assist them going down to Horatio's Garden to be part of of all the activities that happen there. Any volunteer will gain a huge amount from working at Horatio's Garden and for me it helped greatly with my application to medical school" Sebastian Powell, Volunteen 2015.
For more information about volunteering at any of Horatio's Gardens please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We encourage Volunteens to come and learn and help in the gardens, aimed at those aged 16 and above. If you are interested in helping during your summer holidays or as part of work experience please email email@example.com
Volunteers are at the heart of Horatio's Garden, supporting patients at the spinal centres and their families and friends. Great friendships are struck up between volunteers and patients making for a 'home from home' atmosphere.
As well as helping in the gardens, lots of our volunteers get involved with events. If you and you would like to be part of a vibrant team helping occasioanlly with any of our events throughout the year please email firstname.lastname@example.org