Horatio’s Garden spring raffle

With a host of wonderful prizes donated by various leading companies, including Gaze Burvill, The Newt, Chic Teak, Cassandra Goad, Indian Ocean, Cobra Beer, Olivia von Halle and Gardens Illustrated, the team at national charity Horatio’s Garden are hoping everyone will help them by getting involved in their spring raffle, running online with GalaBid from Monday (March 29) to Monday, May 3. 

The event was inspired by the charity’s wish to bring joy to as many people as possible, not only by offering everyone the chance to win some sumptuous prizes, but by simultaneously giving supporters old and new the opportunity to make a difference while staying safe at home. 

For the past decade, Horatio’s Garden has been creating and nurturing horticultural havens in the heart of NHS spinal injury centres across the UK to support patients, their loved ones and NHS staff. 

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In a year when the nation rediscovered the value nature holds for our health, the charity continued its inspirational work despite fundraising challenges. Each Horatio’s Garden became more important than ever, offering a peaceful place for people to continue their physical rehabilitation, as well as supporting the mental health of patients and NHS staff facing extraordinarily difficult times on the ward. 

The gardens have been an incredible lifeline both prior to and throughout the pandemic, something three-time Olympic champion rower and Horatio’s Garden Ambassador, Peter Reed, recently attested to on Twitter. 

He shared, “I really miss you guys. You saved me at Salisbury and so many more with new spinal cord injuries going through the roughest of times. You’re all amazing.” 

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Reed’s sentiment, along with the fact that building work recently began on the charity’s sixth stunning sanctuary, Horatio’s Garden Wales (due to open later this year), is precisely why the charity needs your help to fundraise this spring.  

Tickets for the Horatio’s Garden Spring Raffle cost £5 and are available online from Monday, March 29 until Monday, May 3 at www.horatiosgarden.org.uk/springraffle.  

The winners will be announced on Tuesday, May 4 and with tickets expected to sell quickly, now is the time to give in to temptation and try your luck to raise money for this immensely worthwhile cause. 

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