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Charity set to design and build garden to help patients

 Published on: 9th May 2019   |   By: Dean Shaw   |   Category: Uncategorized

A charity who design and build thriving gardens at the county’s regional and spinal injury centres is close to reaching its target for a new garden in Stanmore.

Horatio’s Garden is a charity that creates and lovingly cares for accessible gardens in NHS spinal injury centres.

Leading garden designers develop the stunning sanctuaries for patients, creating an environment which becomes an integral part of their lives, as well as those of families and friends, whilst spending many months in hospital.

Now the charity has announced that it is close to its target for Horatio’s Garden London which will be located within the London Spinal Cord Injury Centre at The Royal National Orthopedic Hospital (RNOH).

The garden is being designed by celebrated garden designer Tom Stuart-Smith.

The RNOH is one of only eleven in the UK designated to receive and treat spinal cord injury patients.

The Centre currently has forty beds for adults, children and young people. These include beds for acute care, first episode of rehabilitation and readmission.

The garden design will include garden rooms, designed by Stephen Marshall, which will be places for patients to use the space whatever the weather. The garden will be a fully accessible, beautiful space enabling patients to spend 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.

Ruth, a patient at RNOH, said: “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.”

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