Back when lockdown began, a unique fundraising campaign was launched by supporter and choreographer Janet Randell, who remarkably for the past year has been continually directing her very own Cedar Dance Animations project entitled A Chronicle of Spring.
The series of short films is available on YouTube and each documents a tranquil journey along a rural, meandering woodland path and the way in which the landscape changes as spring unfolds.
Janet wanted to create something that gave everyone a virtual break from Coronavirus, so each beautifully filmed episode offers viewers a quiet interlude from the pandemic and its associated pressures. She has dedicated the series to the NHS, but hopes it will touch key workers, all those who have to self-isolate, including people with disabilities, as well as those who have sadly lost loved ones.
Notably, each film is presented from the perspective of a wheelchair user, allowing the audience to notice spring buds and blooms that may otherwise go unnoticed. The woodland with wheelchair access featured in the series was planned and planted many years ago by Janet with members of the local community, including ex-patients from the Midland Centre for Spinal Injuries. It is Janet’s aspiration that the films can be shown to existing patients and that their feelings and messages of hope will be included in the ongoing film series. She also hopes that some patients may actually visit the wood when they are well enough to do so.
Each film also places emphasis on the inter-connectivity of nature, mirroring the incredible teamwork we’ve all seen throughout the UK and beyond in response to the current crisis.
Janet hopes that as people enjoy the films, they will be moved to support Horatio’s Garden and make a donation to help us continue to offer kindness and tranquillity to patients and NHS staff. If you would like to make a contribution, please click the ‘Donate’ button in the top right hand corner of this page and please do share your appreciation of A Chronicle of Spring with us in the comments box.
Alternatively, you can also simply text SPRINGTIME to 70450 to donate £5.
We really appreciate all your generosity at this difficult time and we are so grateful to Janet for supporting us with her thoughtful project.