Horatio’s Garden London will be at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore home of the London Spinal Cord Injury Centre. The garden is being designed by celebrated garden designer Tom Stuart-Smith.
The London Spinal Cord Injury Centre is one of only 11 in the UK designated to receive and treat spinal cord injured patients. The Centre currently has 40 beds for adults, children and young people. These beds include beds for acute care, first episode of rehabilitation and readmission.
The garden design will include garden rooms, designed by Stephen Marshall, as places for patients to use the space whatever the weather. The garden will be a fully accessible, beautiful space enabling patients to have time surrounded by natural elements. The designs are being developed in close collaboration with the spinal unit team as well as current and former patients.
Appeal Patrons Joanna Lumley, Frankie Dettori, Mel Giedroyc, Charlotte Heber-Percy with Lady Daunt and BBC correspondent Frank Gardner, who are both former patients of the LSCIC, are supporting the fundraising for the project. The designs were launched in early 2018.
“It’s a really difficult thing to go through, a spinal cord injury, not just because of all the physical side of things, but the mental stuff is actually harder. Having a Horatio’s Garden here would make everything a little bit easier” – Ruth, a patient
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Tom is a landscape designer with an international reputation for making gardens that combine naturalism and modernity. Tom’s work ranges from large gardens and parks open to the public, to smaller private gardens. He has also designed a number of gardens for the Chelsea Flower Show. Eight of these have been awarded gold medals, and three have won ‘Best in Show’.
“We all know that gardening has this enormous impact on the quality of people’s lives. Here is something that offers hope, change and growth”.
Tom’s designs will carefully reflect the needs of patients and their families. The garden will be on one level with smooth paths throughout ensuring that it is easily accessible to patients in beds and wheelchairs. The essential design features will include a social space, private areas for patients to seek solitude or share with a family member or friend, the calming sound of flowing water, a garden room, a garden therapy area and a greenhouse. Throughout the garden, the planting will be designed to give all year colour and interest and wildlife will be encouraged with bird and butterfly boxes.
“It’s great for patients to be outside in the fresh air seeing plants. Great for them to have some private areas that they can spend time in by themselves or with their families” – Dr Angela Gall, Rehabilitation Consultant.
"I am thrilled to be an appeal patron for Horatio’s Garden London. This project will benefit so many people who have sustained life changing injuries. I have seen for myself the impact of spinal injuries on fellow jockeys. I know that if they had access to a Horatio’s Garden during their long stay in hospital it would make a huge difference to them and their families and friends in the long journey of rehabilitation".
Karan Bilimoria is the founder of Cobra Beer, Chairman of the Cobra Beer Partnership Limited, a Joint Venture with Molson Coors, and Chairman of Molson Coors Cobra India. In the Monde Selection, one of the most prestigious quality awards in the world for beer, the Cobra range have collectively been awarded a total of 101 Gold medals since 2001, making it one of the most awarded beers in the world.
Lord Bilimoria is the Founding Chairman of the UK India Business Council, a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London, a former Chancellor of Thames Valley University (now the University of West London); he was the youngest University Chancellor in the UK when appointed. Karan was a former Senior Non-Executive Director of the Booker Group PLC (2007-2016); he is one of the first two visiting entrepreneurs at the University of Cambridge; he is a founding member of the Prime Minister of India’s Global Advisory Council. In 2006, Karan Bilimoria was appointed the Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea, making him the first ever Zoroastrian Parsi to sit in the House of Lords. In 2008 he was awarded the Pravasi Bharti Samman by the President of India. He is an honorary fellow of Sidney Sussex College Cambridge and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Judge Business School, Cambridge University. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young and graduated in law from the University of Cambridge. He is also an alumnus through executive education of the Cranfield School of Management, the London Business School and the Harvard Business School. In July 2014, he was installed as the seventh Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, making him the first Indian-born Chancellor of a Russell Group University in Great Britain, and he is the President of the UK Council for International Students Affairs (UKCISA). Lord Bilimoria is the Bynum Tudor Fellow at Kellogg College, University of Oxford, for the 2017-18 academic year.
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