Teddington's Park Lane Stables shortlisted for national award after year as 'lifeline' to disabled riders

  Posted: 07.09.21 at 14:56 by Ellie Brown

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Teddington's Park Lane Stables have made the final of a national award for the UK's Best Health Charity.

The beloved stables are one of three 'awe-inspiring' organisations shortlisted for the prize at the Sun's annual Who Cares Wins awards.

The Teddington charity and Riding for the Disabled centre will be honoured at a star-studded ceremony later this month where the winner will be revealed.

The ceremony in a broadcast on Channel 4.

Their nomination comes after a phenomenal year for the "small stables with a huge heart" from Teddington.

The charity raised an incredible £1 million to save their home on Park Lane after its lease was set to expire earlier this year, in a fundraising campaign which made national news headlines and captured the hearts of the nation.

Natalie O'Rourke was singled out for her work at the charity - pictured with the other 2 nominees

Sadly despite raising the money the stables had to leave their premises and are now based at a temporary home in Ham, where they continue to support their riders and volunteers.

The charity is being honoured not only for its determination to stay in Teddington but also for the vital work it did over lockdown supporting disabled people in our area.

In her nomination for the stables Nina Bradburn, whose daughter is a volunteer there, singled out the charity's founder Natalie O'Rourke.

She said: “The heart, soul and spirit that Natalie pours into Park Lane is incredible.

"She is a force of nature and has built somewhere incredibly special.”

In an interview with the Sun about the awards, Natalie said of the fundraising campaign: "It’s a bit of a real life fairytale really. We didn't dream that it would happen like this.

“The magical thing about it was all done with the power of the people.”

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