The British Association of Spine Surgeons recently held their BASS 2019 Conference in Brighton and Horatio’s Garden we’re delighted to be welcomed as the conference’s chosen charity. 

Between Wednesday and Friday this week co-founder and trustee David Chapple FRCS, Stoke Mandeville volunteer Nikki Blagg and Communications Intern Alex Geaney represented the charity at the conference, which focused on technological advances in spinal conditions. 

Throughout the event the three spoke to a number of surgeons, physiotherapists and industry representatives in order to spread the word about the immense value of the charity’s work and how important our beautiful gardens are to patients and their families. 

It was wonderful to see so much enthusiasm from so many at the event and this was clearly tangible by attendees’ tremendous generosity. An incredible total of over £3,000 was raised by those at BASS 2019, which will help us to continue to create and nurture our stunning sanctuaries for those facing difficult times. 

Particularly exciting was our extraordinary silent auction prize, which was kindly organised by Nikki and consisted of a tour of the exclusive Williams’ Formula 1 Collection. The prize was won at the event by Ed Seel, John Sutcliffe, and Jonny Arcos, and we are so grateful to the three for their incredibly generous bid. We hope you enjoy your tour enormously! 

Our thanks must also go to BASS President Stuart Blagg, who has supported Horatio’s Garden consistently throughout his two years spent at the helm of the association.  

We would also like to express our immense gratitude to Helen Wormall, who not only ensured that the whole conference ran smoothly, but who also organised the wonderfully successful fundraising dinner held on Thursday evening. 

It was a brilliant few days and Horatio’s Garden are so grateful to all those who supported the charity in any way they could. Your kindness will make an enormous difference to the lives of those affected by spinal injury.