Hope In Vulnerability Garden wins Silver-Gilt

On Monday 18th May, Prince Harry and Matt Keightley presented the Hope In Vulnerability Garden to Her Majesty the Queen and HRH the Prince of Wales, amongst other members of the Royal family.

Her Majesty the Queen visits the Hope In Vulnerability Garden Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Her Majesty the Queen visits the Hope In Vulnerability Garden
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On Tuesday 19th May, Sentebale’s Hope in Vulnerability garden has been awarded the Silver-Gilt by the RHS judges at the world famous show.

Prince Harry made a visit to Chelsea early on Monday morning to get a first glimpse of the Hope In Vulnerability garden ahead of the Royal visit. He shared his thoughts on the garden with Louise Minchin on BBC Breakfast. The full interview can be found here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-32777600

The garden represents the experience children living with HIV will go through when they attend Sentebale’s camp at the new ‘Mamohato Children’s Centre, providing a safe place for them to access psychosocial support needed to lead healthy lives.

Matt Keightley and Prince Harry chat on the Hope in Vulnerability Garden Theo Cohen Photography

Matt Keightley and Prince Harry chat on the Hope in Vulnerability Garden
Theo Cohen Photography

Cathy Ferrier, Chief Executive of Sentebale, said, “We are absolutely delighted that Sentebale’s Hope in Vulnerability garden has been awarded the Silver-Gilt at what is a crucial time for the charity as we look forward to the opening of the Mamohato Children’s Centre later this year in Lesotho.

“The centre will enable Sentebale to support many more vulnerable children, and will house residential week-long camps providing much needed emotional and psychological support to children coming to terms with living with HIV. Matt has captured the ethos of the centre, the garden is beautiful and we are delighted with this award.”

BBC Call the Midwife Actress, Laura Main, visited the garden. She has recently returned from a trip to Lesotho to see Sentebale's work.

BBC Call the Midwife Actress, Laura Main, visited the garden. She has recently returned from a trip to Lesotho to see Sentebale’s work.
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Garden designer Matt Keightley, of Maidenhead-based Rosebank Landscaping, has received the accolade which follows his silver-gilt award for last year’s Help for Heroes, ‘Hope in the Horizon’ garden and said, “I am very honoured to have won the Silver-Gilt for Sentebale, which represents the amazing work they do in Lesotho.

“Sentebale improves lives for children affected by HIV/AIDS in Lesotho and I would like to thank Prince Harry for trusting me to design this garden.

“I would also like to thank our garden sponsor, the David Brownlow Charitable Foundation for whom without, none of this would have been possible.”

The Hope in Vulnerability garden has been sponsored by the David Brownlow Charitable Foundation, which is committed to enhancing the lives and wellbeing of individuals and communities where there is an element of disadvantage, through personal development or the improvement and regeneration of their community.

David Brownlow, Philip Green and Matt Keightley on the Hope In Vulnerability Garden Chris Jackson/Getty Images

David Brownlow, Philip Green and Matt Keightley on the Hope In Vulnerability Garden
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HRH the Prince of Wales’ Foundation for Building Community has assisted in the design of the Mamohato Children’s Centre by working with a local architect to create a sustainable, beautiful and locally-inspired centre that will support to some of Lesotho’s most vulnerable children.

The Prince’s Foundation utilised their expertise in sustainable development to ensure the design of the centre met the needs of the young residents, whilst creating a pleasant environment that celebrates the country’s rich culture and natural surroundings.

Set at the foothills of the Thaba-Bosiu mountain range in Lesotho – considered the birth place of the nation – the centre will include camper cabins for up to 96 children, accommodation for medical staff and counsellors, a camp fire, health clinic, activity centre for workshops, sports facilities, and a dining hall with panoramic vistas of the Thaba-Bosiu mountain top. The Mamohato Children’s Centre will provide children with a source of empowerment and identity they so desperately need as well as the confidence and tools needed to lead healthy, fulfilling lives.

The Basotho Diaspora Choir performed on the garden Theo Cohen Photography

The Basotho Diaspora Choir performed on the garden
Theo Cohen Photography

Sentebale continues to make a big difference to thousands of children’s lives each year in Lesotho, but there are still many more needing help.

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