Lunchtime Meeting - 12.45pm - Speaker Lady Susan Trevor

Mon, Jan 29th 2018 at 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Chris Perry's speaker today will be Lady Susan Trevor, vice-chair of the RJAH League of Friends who will be talking to us about the appeal for Horatio's Garden at the Spinal Injuries Unit at Gobowen.

Horatio's Garden

An appeal to raise £675,000 for a new garden at the Orthopaedic Hospital in Gobowen is well underway.

The stunning Horatio’s Garden plan was announced in May 2017 and will offer a sanctuary for patients with spinal cord injuries who receive treatment at the Midlands Centre for Spinal Injuries.

So far £126,000 has been raised and it is hoped the remainder can be sought over the year so work can begin in autumn 2018.

Sir Roy Strong, former director of the National Portrait Gallery and Victoria & Albert Museum and renowned broadcaster, is the appeal patron. He said: “This is a brilliant, beautiful project for a brilliant, beautiful charity. Such a garden lifts the spirits away from what must inevitably be a functional building for the care of patients.”

The hospital’s League of Friends are also heavily involved with part-funding the project, with Lady Trevor, vice chairman, adding: “This is an exciting project and it is one of the largest that we have been involved in. We are delighted to be making a significant contribution towards the scheme.”

The space will be created by leading garden designer and Gardeners’ Question Time panellist, Bunny Guinness. The main garden will wrap the spinal unit so that all patients’ rooms will have a view of the garden. There will be a garden room ensuring the garden is used throughout the year, social spaces, garden therapy areas and even a screen for cinema evenings with a wood burning stove providing heat on cooler days.

Flowing water, private spaces and a woodland pathway will also contribute to an overall sense of calm and wellbeing. The garden at the Orthopaedic will be just one of four across the UK, with the first opened at Salisbury Hospital in 2012.

Mr Joy Chowdhury, clinical lead for MCSI, said: “This is going to really make a difference to our patients. It will not only help them in their physical wellbeing, but more so with their psychological wellbeing.

Background: Horatio’s Garden is named after Horatio Chapple, who was a volunteer at the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre, Salisbury, in his school holidays.

Horatio and his father David Chapple – a spinal surgeon at Salisbury Hospital – came up with the idea for a garden and Horatio drew up a questionnaire to find out what the patients wanted.

Tragically, Horatio was killed at the age of 17 by a polar bear. There followed an outpouring of love and goodwill – and donations flooded in for his garden to be created.

Cleve West designed the first Horatio’s Garden. He was the perfect man for the job. He knew the spinal centre well because his best friend had been a patient there – and Cleve was winner of the Best in Show at Chelsea in 2011 (he went on to win again in 2012).

Cleve used Horatio’s patient research as the starting point for the design and then listened to the views of everyone involved – patients, nurses, therapists, doctors, managers… he even asked us to take him around the site in a hospital bed and a wheelchair to get a patient’s perspective.

Horatio’s Garden opened in Salisbury in September 2012. In 2015 Cleve won three Society of Garden Designers Awards for the designs.

Following the enormous success of the first Horatio’s Garden, exemplified in patient questionnaires and feedback, the charity was set up to create Horatio’s Gardens nationally at the other ten regional spinal injury centres in the UK. Horatio’s Garden Scotland opened in September 2016 and Horatio’s Garden Stoke Mandeville will open in 2017.

“Being outside in a beautiful garden changed everything for me during my long stay in hospital after I was paralysed.”"

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