Prodney and his sidekick Natalie start planning for a sunny future
40 year old Prodney (aka ‘the horse with no teeth’) is taking being a media celebrity in his stride and has grudgingly agreed not to sue journalists who variously introduced him as ‘Podney’ and ‘Rodney’ on national TV.
As soon as BBC Breakfast aired on 18 February our phones were ringing off the hook and the postman started delivering daily bundles of handwritten letters, cards, cheques and postal orders. One that safely found us was addressed simply ‘The Horses, London’. By 11am we’d reached our £1million target and knew our future was secure.
Planning for an optimistic future
Now the Park Lane Stables team has swung into action with a new spring in its collective step. We are taking professional and legal advice to secure the purchase of the stables, and working with the trustees to decide the best way to deploy surplus funds raised. This campaign has always been about securing Park Lane’s future for the 350 disabled young people it supports, and making the right decisions to be able to do that sustainably is paramount. Buying a field for grazing to replace the one we currently lease is now possible, but so is ensuring that the stables has the resources to support the vulnerable young people who will come to depend on us in the future.
If you’d like to join over 31,000 people who have already supported us, you can still donate towards the work we do, safe in the knowledge that whatever you pledge will make a difference to a child we’re able to help.
Park Lane Stables wins royal approval
The flurry of media attention that’s followed has seen us featured in some surprising places, including Hello magazine, and the Sunday Telegraph! But there’s one bit of recognition that really is the icing on the cake, which came as a result of one of our volunteers writing to the Queen.
In a letter from The Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace, the Crown Equerry, Colonel Toby Browne wrote:
“The Queen has asked me to reply and was delighted to hear that your amazing campaign has raised the money necessary. As part of our recognition of the hard work of all of the team at the stables and in particular the volunteers, I would like to extend an invitation to visit us at the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace when circumstances allow. It would be a pleasure to show you how we look after and manage the horses who play such an important part in our work.”
The invitation is for a group of 12. With so many staff, volunteers, and riders giving so much to this campaign, we’ll be drawing names out of a hat.
From me, from Prodney, and the whole Park Lane team, a big thank you to everyone who has supported us. Park Lane has always felt like a family, but never more so than it does now.
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