Simon Burvill was delighted to be a guest of Horatio's Garden last night at an evening of dining and auction held at Eton College's Dorney Lake. Gaze Burvill donated a May Throne to the auction and were pleased to see it sold off as part of the auction to raise money for the Stoke Mandeville Hospital Garden.

Horatio’s Garden announced that the fundraising appeal to create a third garden sanctuary for patients with spinal cord injuries has reached its £850,000 target. The build will soon be underway at the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury, Bucks.

Designed by BBC Gardeners’ World presenter, Joe Swift, it will be the most ambitious Horatio’s Garden yet. There will be secluded areas where patients can find peace and privacy, surrounded by sensory planting in gentle swathes of colour. A beautiful garden room, designed by Andrew Wells of 3W Architects will create a warm focus to the garden so that patients can enjoy the space in any weather. A stunning greenhouse will be a hub for the charity’s gardening sessions.

The last £84,000 needed to reach the target was raised when two hundred of the charity’s supporters came together for a fabulous evening of fine dining and friendship at Eton College’s Dorney Lake.

Dr Olivia Chapple, Chair of Trustees, commented: “The generosity of our supporters is a tribute to Horatio’s ideas and understanding that gardens in hospitals are vital. We’re so grateful to everyone who has helped us to reach our target of £850,000. Horatio’s Garden at Stoke Mandeville will be an idyllic retreat for patients and their families. We can’t wait to start the build.”

Work on the garden is due to start in May with a planned opening in October. Once the garden is open, the charity will fund maintenance and events and activities for patients such as music, art and garden therapy.