Horatio’s Garden is a national charity that creates and nurtures beautiful gardens in the heart of NHS spinal injury centres. As part of the redevelopment project being undertaken by the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board at University Hospital Llandough, the charity is building one of its award-winning gardens in the Welsh Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Centre to support everyone affected by spinal injury in Wales.
The garden is currently being designed by two-time Chelsea gold medal winner Sarah Price and is due to open in summer 2021. Sarah will be collaborating with an architect to create the garden pavillion and garden room, both of which will be fully accessible all year round. The spaces will feel like home, offering patients and their loved ones warmth and comfort throughout their long stays in hospital. Sarah is also designing a roof terrace garden especially for high dependency patients.
Professor Charles Janczewski interim Chair of the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board said “I firmly believe that the Garden will bring immense benefit to our patients both physically and psychologically. I am also convinced that our staff, who do such wonderful work to care for their patients, will also gain considerably from the environment that the Garden will provide. We at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board are looking forward with great anticipation to the opening of Horatio’s Garden at Llandough in due course”.
The charity is now launching the capital appeal for Horatio’s Garden Cardiff and need your support to help them raise a total of £800,000. The cost of the groundworks has been generously covered by Cardiff & Vale Health Charity, whilst the National Garden Scheme has pledged £150,000 as part of their incredible continued commitment to the charity.
Horatio’s Garden is relying entirely on your generosity to fundraise for the outstanding amount. They are also responsible for funding the team who will both care for the garden and organise events and activities, all of which offer patients gentle support and rehabilitation throughout their time in hospital.
The question is, can you help Horatio’s Garden Cardiff reach their fundraising target by next year? No event or donation is too big or too small; this is your opportunity to be part of an exciting movement to enhance the lives of people from all over Wales who have been affected by spinal injury.