July 25, 2023

Horatio’s Garden wins prestigious High Sheriff Award for community services

Horatio’s Garden has been awarded the High Sheriff’s Award in recognition of its valuable service to the community in South Yorkshire.

Dr Olivia Chapple was presented the award by High Sheriff Professor Jaydip Ray and the Lord Lieutenant Dame Hilary Chapman at the prestigious event at Firth Court, University of Sheffield on Saturday 22 July 2023.

Horatio’s Garden nurtures the wellbeing of people after spinal injury in beautiful, vibrant sanctuaries within the heart of NHS spinal injury centres. The charity is currently fundraising to bring its eighth garden to the Princess Royal Spinal Injuries Centre at Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital in 2024, the second largest spinal injury centre in the UK.

A distilled version of the garden, designed by Harris Bugg Studio, won Best in Show and Gold at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. In Sheffield, it will be significantly enlarged by eight times and support an extensive geographical area spanning South Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Norfolk, Suffolk and North Cambridgeshire.

High Sheriff Prof Jaydip Ray said: “This immersive, accessible, therapeutic sensory garden project for spinal injury sufferers brings a new dimension of physical and emotional sanctuary to a supra-regional specialist centre in South Yorkshire.”

Dr Olivia Chapple, Founder & Chair of Trustees at Horatio’s Garden said: “This is a very special accolade and we are enormously grateful to High Sheriff Prof Jaydip Ray for recognising the value that Horatio’s Garden Sheffield & East will bring to the community.

“At present there is very little access to the outside world at the Princess Royal Spinal Injuries Centre to provide for people facing long stays in hospital. Horatio’s Garden Sheffield & East will dramatically change this in creating a beautiful, accessible and therapeutic place for hundreds of in-patients, their family and friends and the NHS staff looking after them as well as thousands of outpatients per year.”

As an independent charity, Horatio’s Garden is reliant on public support to raise the remaining funds to bring Horatio’s Garden Sheffield & East to life in 2024.

Please consider supporting the capital appeal by making a donation. Thank you so much.

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