Join Joanna Lumley and Horatio’s Garden this summer by taking up teapots, baking favourite cakes and putting on Fabulous Summer Tea Parties between June 3 and 9 to raise funds for the charity to continue supporting people affected by spinal injury.

Tea parties could be in private gardens, at places of work or at local sports clubs or social groups. Donations from those who attend could be a fixed price but the events should be fun-filled and raising money.

Horatio’s Garden creates and nurtures beautiful garden spaces in NHS spinal injury centres. Three gardens are open in Salisbury, Glasgow and Stoke Mandeville and a fourth is under construction in Oswestry, due to open in Summer. The fundraising appeal for a fifth garden in London is under way, and the charity’s vision is to open a Horatio’s Garden at every one of 11 NHS spinal centres in the United Kingdom.

Salisbury’s MP and City minister John Glen has donated three trees to Horatio’s Garden at Salisbury General Hospital .

He told Valley News: “I hope they will thrive and be enjoyed for many years to come. I am one of the 500 MPs who opted into the Woodland Trust’s Queen’s Canopy campaign. I was sent three native British saplings a few weeks ago now – a silver birch, a hazel and a rowan, I think.

Horatio’s Garden organisers will help to get tea parties organised by supplying packs that includes invitations, posters, ‘How to hold a Fabulous Summer Tea Party’ guide, recipes ideas for brilliant fundraising games, pop-up collection box, and leaflets about Horatio’s Garden.

The Salisbury Event is on Sunday, June 9, in Horatio’s Garden at The Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre, Salisbury District Hospital from 2pm to 5pm.

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