On a late summer’s day, we had the pleasure of welcoming Horatio’s Garden Ambassador Pete Reed OBE and former patient and supporter Ann Stone back to Horatio’s Garden South West to record an extended report for ITV Meridian with Rachel Hepworth. 

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Having previously encountered our gardens, Rachel was only too happy to revisit our South West haven to find out more about how far the charity has come in the decade since it began. 

Her report thoughtfully explains how Horatio’s Garden came to be, introducing Horatio Chapple as the inspiration behind the charity and detailing how his original idea has become his thriving legacy. 

Horatio’s Garden South West is among the charity’s six stunning sanctuaries currently open in the UK and it was here that we first crossed paths with three-time Olympic Gold Medal winning rower Pete Reed.

After a spinal stroke three years ago, Pete spent many months in the spinal centre at Salisbury District Hospital. He and his family found Horatio’s Garden to be hugely helpful to both his mental and physical rehabilitation, something he often generously tells people and something he shares more about in Rachel’s report.

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Likewise, Ann kindly offered to tell her story to bring home the positive impact our horticultural havens have on countless people’s lives. Having been paralysed from the neck down in an accident, she too discovered our South West garden whilst spending time in hospital in Salisbury. 

As she says in Rachel’s report, “It was just the making of my rehab. It’s been fab for me. What Horatio started was a huge thing.” 

Our Founder & Chair of Trustees, Dr Olivia Chapple, also features in the report, as does Mary Berry, who officially opened our third garden, Horatio’s Garden Stoke Mandeville back in 2018. 

Whether you’ve long supported the charity, or whether you’ve discovered us recently, Rachel’s lovely report is well worth a watch! We’re enormously grateful to the ITV Meridian team for once again featuring us and to Rachel, Pete and Ann for taking the time to bring Horatio’s Garden to life on the small screen.