Save Our Stables!
Help us Keep Park Lane Stables in Teddington.
Who we are
Park Lane Stables RDA (Riding for the Disabled) has been a key part of the Teddington community for many years, providing much-needed therapy and happiness to hundreds of local children and adults with (and without) disabilities and mental health challenges every year.
However, our landlord has told us that he will not be renewing our lease which ends on 31 May 2021 as he wishes to sell the property. We urgently need to raise £1M through crowdfunding so we can buy Park Lane Stables on behalf of the community.
We don’t want our lose our beloved stables. We love our unique home in Teddington and we want to stay and serve our amazing community. We are a small charity and we have struggled to survive the COVID-19 crisis, but the overwhelming support we have received from the local community has helped us through this and made us strong.
What we do
In a non Covid year we provide 3000 sessions of therapeutic riding including hippotherapy and carriage driving. We have a huge waiting list of adults and children with disabilities in need of our services, the demand is most definitely there!
Enjoying some grooming time with Dougie
Why we need to stay local
We need to stay in our current home so our participants without sight can get to us on public transport. If we were tucked away in a different location those that need us most would not be able to reach us and would become more socially isolated.
We are a social hub for many with additional needs who come to the stables for a horsey fix, be that riding, carriage driving, grooming, jobs around the yard or just sharing secrets with their trusted 4 legged friend.
'We call ourselves the community stables because we’re here for everybody.The same way that anybody can use the library or the swimming pool, we are here for everybody that wants to get involved' Natalie O'Rourke, Manager
'Park Lane is like a bubble of happiness' Christian, 14
'Run on kindness and inclusion, everyone who is part of it is a better person for it.' Vicky, 32
During the first lockdown our community couldn't come to us, so we decided to to come to them. We visited those who were shielding or self-isolating in their homes to put a smile on their faces. Which is really what we as a community stables are all about, plus the ponies got to eat some grass!
Annie's Whizz visiting a boy on his birthday who was shielding
Whizz spreading some local cheer during lockdown
With your support we can make this our forever home and our participants will know their safe space will always be available to them.
If we are successful we would like to thank every person that supports us by inviting you to the stables for a pony meet and greet.
This is an 'All-or-Nothing' campaign, so if we don't achieve our target all your pledges will be returned to you at the end of the campaign and will be held securely by Crowd Funder for the duration of the campaign.
Thank you so much, Natalie and everyone at Park Lane Stables
Charity No: 1161306
Licenced by London Borough of Richmond upon Thames No: AW/00002