£116,297

 
Gift Aid
+ est. £23613.50
£1,000,000 target 38 days left
11% 1871 supporters
This project will only be funded if at least £1,000,000 is pledged by 25th February 2021 at 2:04pm

We need YOUR help to keep horses in London and continue our work with disabled participants.

by Natalie O'Rourke in Teddington, England, United Kingdom

Save Our Stables! 

Help us Keep Park Lane Stables in Teddington.

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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! 

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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.

1610365289_neil.jpg'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 Covid

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!

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Annie's Whizz visiting a boy on his birthday who was shielding

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Whizz spreading some local cheer during lockdown

Your Support

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

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

Pony positivity postcard

We will post you a post card of our tiny pony at your window with some words of positivity. The postcard is an original painting by a local artist and is a lasting reminder of living in a lockdown.

£20 or more

Pony Cuddle (covid permitting)

We would love to invite you to the stables for a pony cuddle when it is safe to do so with Covid. If you are not local we can give you a virtual pony cuddle via facetime. You can have a sensory experience with a hairy friend, get some long faced selfies and go home smelling like a horse!

£200 or more

Covid friendly watercolour

Our resident artist Joy Cuff will complete a watercolour for you of your choice. The reward is not Covid dependant as it can be done from a photograph. Joy trained at Kingston School of art and has been an artist and sculptor since the 1960's. Joy has worked in theatre and television and as a matte painter in the film industry. You can commission the painting of a much loved pet or family member or even your home, totally your choice.

Let's make 'Save Our Stables!' happen

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