Who We Are

Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

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.


The Countess of Radnor

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 charity 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 gardens grow and all that they have to offer.”

Royal Patron

HRH Princess Eugenie of York

We were delighted to announce on May Day 2019 that Princess Eugenie had become our Royal Patron. Her Royal Highness will be supporting the charity’s vision of bringing thriving gardens to all the UK’s regional spinal injuries centres. We look forward to welcoming Her Royal Highness to our gardens and events.

“I am so happy to become patron of Horatio’s Garden. Since learning about this charity back in 2016, I have fallen in love with their mission to bring joy to people and help their recovery. In 2017 I was able to visit Horatio’s Garden Scotland, and in March this year I saw the site that has been identified at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore where I underwent spinal surgery. As a former spinal patient myself, I understand how the chance to get outside is so beneficial not only for recovery, but for staying positive at a life-changing, and often traumatic, time. I hope to learn from the patients I meet and the wonderful people working to create these gardens”

Office staff



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.

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