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Our commitment to Horatio’s Garden
With support from the National Garden Scheme, two more gardens are now open to patients in Buckinghamshire and Shropshire. Building work has been completed on a beautiful garden for patients at the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, which has been designed by Joe Swift and opened in September 2018. The National Garden Scheme has also helped fund a further development at the Midland Centre for Spinal Injury in Oswestry, which opened in Autumn 2019 and has committed funding to ensure the completion of all eleven gardens at NHS spinal injury centres across the country.
Creating welcoming spaces
Having already broken ground at the Maggie’s centre in Southampton the charity was determined to push forward with the project in 2020 despite knowing they would be faced with inevitable delays during the worst of lockdown. This meant that the National Garden Scheme donation to help build the centre’s garden was a top priority.
Maggie’s Southampton aimed to open for visitors in November, with the garden still requiring some finishing touches at that time. Once complete Maggie’s expects to support 20,000 visits a year from people needing tailored emotional, practical and social support in the Southampton area. The schematic shows how the finished garden will look.
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