Horatio Chapple garden opens at Salisbury hospital
A hospital garden dedicated to a Wiltshire schoolboy killed by a polar bear has been officially opened.
Eton pupil Horatio Chapple, 17, from Bishopstone, died after being attacked during an expedition in Norway in August 2011.
Horatio wanted to train as a doctor and had been helping out in the spinal unit of Salisbury District Hospital.
His father David, who is a consultant there, hoped Horatio's Garden would be a source of inspiration for patients.
"Patients being treated for spinal cord injury face long stays in hospital during which time they undergo an intensive and demanding rehabilitation programme, re-learning the most basic of skills," Mr Chapple said.
"We hope that Horatio's Garden is a fitting legacy to Horatio."
At the time of his death, Horatio was preparing his personal statement for medical school.
His research showed patients needed a garden - a place in the fresh air and away from the hospital ward.
Patients told him they wanted a beautiful place to escape to and somewhere they could spend time with relatives and friend.
The £300,000 garden, at the hospital's Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre, was funded by charitable donations, with many of his friends organising fundraising events.
Horatio was on a trip organised by the British Schools Exploring Society when the polar bear attacked its campsite in Svalbard.
The 250kg bear was shot dead by a member of the group.
Group leader Michael Reid, 29, from Plymouth; Andrew Ruck, 27, from Brighton; 17-year-old Patrick Flinders, from Jersey; and 16-year-old Scott Bennell-Smith, from St Mellion in Cornwall; were also injured.