Hazlegrove gives £1,675 to Horatio’s Garden appeal.

05 Mar 2012

Just before half term, Hazlegrove pupils presented Victoria Holton, from the Southern Spinal Injuries Trust, with a cheque for £1,675.58 for the Horatio’s Garden Appeal. This fund is providing a specially designed garden to improve the quality of life for patients at the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre in Salisbury. It will encourage rehabilitation and wellbeing through gardening as well as providing an important social area outside the hospital environment for patients and their families.

The garden is also a lasting tribute to Horatio Chapple who was killed by a polar bear while on a British School Exploring Society Trip in August 2011. Horatio had planned to study medicine and had volunteered at the spinal centre.

Victoria Holton, herself a spinal injury sufferer gave the children at Hazlegrove an inspirational talk about her own experiences. She talked about the exciting development of the garden and explained how the fundraising is used to help those with spinal injuries.

The monies had been raised as a result of the generous donations at our Carol Service in Wells Cathedral and from the pupils Mufti Day on bonfire night.

To find out more about the Southern Spinal Injuries Trust (SSIT), the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre and Horatio’s Garden do visit the SSIT website www.ssit.org.uk