From February 2023, Horwich Cohen Coghlan will be volunteering, raising awareness, fundraising and more as our newest supporting partner in Horatio’s Garden London and Horatio’s Garden Stoke Mandeville.

It is a very exciting time for Horatio’s Garden as we are able to announce that Horwich Cohen Coghlan are on board as our new supporting partner in not one, but two of our gardens.

Horwich Cohen Coghlan already work closely with many other charities supporting those with spinal injuries, and we are delighted that they have chosen to work with us as a supporting partner too – we hope it will be the first year of many!

Supporting our gardens in the spinal centres at Stanmore and Stoke Mandeville, the HCC team will be on hand to offer regular support as volunteers, making sure that patients are able to spend as much time enjoying the gardens as possible.

Their team are also keen to get involved with our patient activity sessions which often run at weekends and in the evenings when patients have the most free time.

As experts in the legal sector who have worked with many individuals who are spinal cord injured, the HCC team are looking forward to working with us to make a real difference to the spinal cord injury community across London, the south east, and the home counties. As many of their clients have spent time as inpatients in our gardens, the HCC team know about the benefits they offer, and this was a big part of why they chose to get involved both personally and professionally as a firm.

Martin James, Chief Operating Officer at Horwich Cohen Coghlan, had the following to share about our new partnership:

“We are delighted to support Horatio’s Garden to help to deliver more support to patients and families in NHS spinal injury centres. Horatio’s garden is a fantastic charity and we are passionate about helping spinal cord injured people in as many ways as we can throughout their rehabilitation journey.”

Amber Braybrooke, one of HCC’s Associate Partners, has already signed up to volunteer regularly at Horatio’s Garden London and she can’t wait to get started. Amber had the following to say about the partnership: 

“We are delighted to support Horatio’s Garden. We understand the devastating affects spinal cord injuries can have on individuals and their families and these gardens make a positive impact on rehabilitation, both physically and mentally, to help people adjust to their new situation. We are excited to be a part of that.”

Although they have admitted they aren’t the most green-fingered, the HCC team are very keen and willing to learn. They are looking forward to benefitting from the experience of our Head Gardeners Ashley and Amy, and our many volunteers who are already working in the gardens. We know the HCC team have been doing plenty of research into the benefits of mulching and we’re sure it is something they will be able to put into practice in the gardens very soon!

The team are, however, exceptional bakers – a skill shared with many of our current volunteers – and we know this will come in very handy, keeping the garden rooms at both sites filled with treats for our beneficiaries to enjoy.

Bethan Cummings, Director of Fundraising at Horatio’s Garden, also shared her thoughts on our new supporting partnership:

“Supporting partners are an incredibly important part of our plans in all of our gardens, and we are delighted to be working with Horwich Cohen Coghlan as the newest of them. They have already shown that they are willing to engage with us at every level of their firm, and they really understand the difference that we can make working together in our gardens. Having them working with us as partners in two gardens is incredible and it will give us the opportunity to provide that extra bit of support that we know means so much to patients and their families during rehabilitation.”

We are incredibly grateful to everyone at Horwich Cohen Coghlan for their support and we want to say a huge thank you for everything they have committed to doing for us across 2023. We are looking forward to an excellent partnership in the year ahead!