A spinal injury can happen to anyone at any time. That’s why everyone spending time in Horatio’s Garden has a unique story to tell.

Paul’s story

“The garden, and in particular the garden room, has given me a reason to get out of bed. I now get up early in the morning so I can go into the garden and take a paper or a book. It is great escapism, which brightens up my day, lifts my mood, and gives me the feel-good factor.”

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Winston’s story

“I will always remember the flowers and plants, but most importantly, the people. The generosity that I've seen here is admirable.”

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Olaf’s story

“I am so thankful for the peace, tranquillity, and fresh air. I often find myself looking out across the countryside to the distant waters of the Bristol Channel. The garden gives me a chance to clear my head.”

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Pia’s story

“You don’t feel like you are in hospital, it is very healing and peaceful. The heated pods are very user friendly and if it is like this in winter, I can just imagine what it will be like in summer.”

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Katie’s story

“Just two days away from graduating, Katie was busy living her life of passionate reckless abandon and love. Just two days away from graduating, Katie had an accident that would change her life forever.”

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Steven’s story

“The garden was a place where I could find some tranquillity from the busy ward. It gave me the space to contemplate, read and a chance to reconnect with nature by just watching the bees, birds and squirrels go about the garden.”

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Charlotte’s story

“As soon as I was out of isolation, I used the garden every day! Whenever I wasn’t in physio at the gym or with doctors, I was in the garden.”

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Rory’s story

“It’s also wonderful for visitors to come to a joyful garden rather than a hospital. Spending time as a family together in Horatio’s Garden makes visiting a much happier occasion. The kids really love the garden too, as they get to run around and play on their scooters.”

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Chloe’s story

“I really appreciated having such a beautiful space to unwind in and enjoy some autumnal sunshine! The fact that the design of the garden allows everyone to access it directly from their bay is great – it felt good to have that freedom to just pop outside easily.”

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Scarlett’s story

“Horatio’s Garden is well-known for providing valuable respite from the pressures of life on the ward, but for children who have no experience of being in hospital it is especially valuable. In the weeks Scarlett has spent there, as well as keeping all her schoolwork up to date, she has taken an active part in ‘garden life’”

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Mohammed’s story

“My whole experience here would have been so much harder without the garden. The garden offers you solitude from the ward, lending you time to think and reflect, which is a particularly wonderful thing to do in such a nice environment.”

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Pip’s story

“It is so beautiful in the garden room; I absolutely adore it! It is so hygge. Hygge is everything warm, comfortable and cosy. It often involves wood and a fire (which you have here!), friends and family.”

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Craig’s story

“It’s great talking to Sallie and doing activities in the garden. I have loved harvesting and eating the fresh fruit and vegetables, particularly making up recipes with them and sharing what we made with others.”

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Curtis’ story

“It’s a nice feeling to just be in the garden, whether I’m doing something or not. I come out for fresh air, sunshine, to just sit, look at the birds and have a relaxing moment.”

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