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Since the start of a crowdfunding effort for Park Lane Stables RDA (Riding for the Diabled), over £362,000 has been raised toward the charity’s goal of £1 million generated by Feb. 24.
The Teddington-based riding school’s landlord is not renewing their lease and is selling the property. The £1 million would go toward the purchase of the property and allow Park Lane Stables to continue its mission of providing therapy and happiness to children and adults with and without disabilities and mental health challenges. Normally, without the COVID-19 pandemic, the stables provide over 3,000 sessions of therapeutic riding a year.
The property where the riding school is located has recently been listed as an asset of community valute (ACV) which is a significant step towards securing Park Lane’s future in London.
Stables Manager Natalie O’Rourke said, “ACV status is really important as it really strengthens our cause. I would like to say a huge thank you to everybody who has contributed to the ‘Save Our Stables’ fundraising campaign so far. The generosity and community strength at this tough time in our history has been truly heartening. The stables provide a lifeline for many families that will be devastated to lose the horses from the community.”
To donate and for more information on the important work Park Lane Stables RDA carries out, please visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/save-our-stables.
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