Spinal cord injury can happen to anyone, at any time, and the results are life-changing, and devastating. There is currently no cure for spinal injury.

Approximately 4,400 people become spinal cord injured every year, joining a population of around 105,000 people already living with the condition across the UK.

On average, patients with spinal cord injuries will spend five months rehabilitating at a specialist centre. Many will be isolated from their families, often far from home and confined to a ward with little or no access to the benefits of the outside world. Horatio’s Garden is changing that.


We regularly measure impact as part of our commitment to deliver evidence-based projects.

Here are some of the ways we’re changing people’s lives after spinal injury.


of patients use Horatio's Garden at least once or twice a week


of visitors said their stress levels were reduced by visiting their loved one in Horatio's Garden


of NHS staff believe that patients benefit from having access to Horatio's Garden


of patients report improved wellbeing from using Horatio's Garden


of patients report improved mood from using Horatio's Garden


of patients report improved mental health from using Horatio's Garden

(source: Horatio’s Garden Impact Report 2022/23)

View our Horatio’s Garden Impact Report 2022-23


of arts programme participants reported distraction from pain


reported strengthening or refining of hand or arm muscles


reported improved stamina


reported improved balance

(source: arts programme feedback report out of 332 participants in February 2023)


Where we work

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South West
Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre, Salisbury
Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit, Glasgow
Stoke Mandeville
National Spinal Injuries Centre, admitting patients including children from across the UK
The Midland Centre for Spinal Injuries, Oswestry
London & South East
London Spinal Cord Injury Centre, London
The Welsh Spinal Cord Injury and Neuro Rehabilitation Centre, Cardiff
Northern Ireland
The Spinal Cord Injuries Unit, Belfast
North East
The Golden Jubilee Regional Spinal Cord Injuries Centre, Middlesbrough
North West
North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre, Southport
Yorkshire Regional Spinal Injuries Centre, Wakefield
Sheffield & East
Princess Royal Spinal Cord Injuries Centre, Sheffield
Regional spinal injury centre with a Horatio’s Garden
Regional spinal injury centre with a Horatio’s Garden in Progress
Regional spinal injury centre with future plans for a Horatio’s Garden

“Horatio’s Garden has given me a safe place to go to, either by myself or with my family when they visit. I enjoy going to the garden to do activities with other patients, or to just sit and think when I’ve got a lot on my mind. It has made me so much happier, especially because I can go out there and be independent.”

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