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Princess Eugenie virtually visits charity which creates gardens for NHS spinal centres

Princess Eugenie virtually visited national charity Horatio’s Garden last month to find out more about how they've been supporting patients with spinal injuries, their loved ones and NHS staff throughout lockdown.

Taking to her Instagram, the royal, 30, penned: 'I had such a lovely call with co-founder Dr Olivia Chapple and all the head gardeners from Horatios Garden who told me about their particular gardens that they have been nurturing during lockdown and built by this wonderful charity. '

Princess Eugenie - who is patron of the charity - has previously admitted the cause is particularly close to her heart as she underwent spinal surgery to treat scoliosis aged 12, leaving her with a sizable scar along her spine.

The royal admitted it took her a while to love her scar before displaying it in a beautiful low-back gown during her wedding to Jack Brooksbank last October.

Princess Eugenie (pictured), 30, virtually visited national charity Horatio’s Garden to find out more about how they've been supporting patients with spinal injuries, their loved ones and NHS staff throughout lockdown

The royal said how she had a 'lovely call with co-founder Dr Olivia Chapple and all the head gardeners from Horatios Garden' (pictured)

She has previously paid tribute to the charity, explaining that her love of nature helped her through the recovery process.

In the post, Eugenie continued: 'Horatio's Garden was born from Horatio Chapple's mind where he believed all spinal unit's across the U.K. should have a garden that patients facing a life-changing disability can find consolation and hope. 

'His mother, Olivia, now continues his mission in his name. ⁣ 

With the coronavirus pandemic many units have been closed to visitors and their usual gym and physio sessions suspended. 

Taking to Instagram, Princess Eugenie revealed how she heard about particular gardens the gardeners have been nurturing during lockdown (pictured)

Princess Eugenie of York arrives at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle ahead of her wedding with Jack Brooksbank, bearing her scar for all to see

Stephen, Imogen, Jacqui and Sallie were able to share some lovely stories about patients really thriving in the gardens. 

From planting their own vegetables and flowers to having some peace in nature feeling like they are somewhere else entirely. '

It continued: 'For many across the world the garden has been a place to heal and mentally adjust to the world we now live in.'

'For patients with spinal injuries it can bring freedom physically and mentally when confined by your trauma and now more than ever is so integral. '

The royal went on to thank everyone at Horatio's Garden for continuing to make such places of calm and sanctuary 'so special' in a time of such uncertainty.

In response, Horatios garden penned: 'It was truly a pleasure to be able to speak with you and to have such a thoughtful, inspiring conversation. 

'We are so proud to have you as our Royal Patron and look forward to sharing many more stories with you over the years to come.'

What is scoliosis?

Scoliosis is the abnormal curvature of the spine in an S-shape.

Signs include a visible curve in the spine, one shoulder or hip being more prominent than the other, clothes not hanging properly and back pain.

Pain usually only affects adults with the condition.

In most cases, the cause of the scoliosis is not known but it can be caused by cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy.

In the UK, scoliosis affects three to four children could of every 1,000.

It is also thought that as many as 70 per cent of over 65s have some degree of scoliosis.

It is more common in women than in men.

Most children with the condition do not require treatment as it is mild and corrects itself as the child grows.

However, in severe cases the child may need to wear a back brace until they stop growing.

Occasionally, a child needs surgery to straighten their spine.

In adults, it is usually too late to treat the condition with a back brace or surgery so treatment revolves around reducing pain.

Source: NHS Choices

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