Horatio's Garden is a really special charity which started its life at the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre in Salisbury and continues to transform the lives of many spinally injured patients there.
The powerful story of Horatio Chapple lies at the root of the charity. Horatio had a dream. His father, David Chapple, works as a Consultant at the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre. Horatio volunteered there and he realised how beneficial a beautiful garden could be to patients during their long and often mundane rehabilitation away from their families. When Horatio tragically died at the age of 17 , his parents - David and Olivia -turned Horatio's dream into reality and that's how the first garden was created.
Since then, many more life transforming gardens have been built and are planned in spinal injury centres across the UK.
My own little seed of passion was first planted when I attended one of fundraising events for Horatio's Garden and heard some truly moving stories from the patients themselves about the importance of the garden to their well being.
Working with and supporting Horatio's Garden has helped me re-discover myself and the importance of simple things in life, living in the moment, helping others and feeling that healing force of kindness.