Richmond RDA

Park Lane Stables RDA

A fortuitous conversation with our Lodge Visiting Officer advising the Lodge that to mark the 21st Anniversary of the sale of the Princess Alexander Home in Stanmore, which resulted in the founding of the MPRF, with the support of the Pro Provincial Grand Master, R W Bro Peter R A Baker, the Fund Committee have agreed to give each Lodge in the Province the opportunity to apply for a single grant of £500 to donate to a Registered Middlesex charity, or good cause of their choice.

Our Lodge was extremely pleased when advised that our application was granted and Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) based at the Park Lane Stables, Richmond was our recipient.

Our Master Brian Cole, Secretary Ian Clabon & Charity Steward Thurstan Davies met with Natalie O’Rourke MBE and her team of volunteers with a number of horses.  They were also privileged to be given the opportunity to observe a very uplifting experience of witnessing first-hand the centre helping a very young man with his personalised and first ever riding experience, he described the transformation and sight of shear joy and happiness of the young rider.

Our Photo with a 23 year old roan appaloosa gelding called “Spotty”

Presentation of the £500 cheque from Dalhousie And Call Sign Lodge No. 865

The Lodge was very pleased to receive the following reply from Natalie.

Dear All,

Just a note to say thank you so much for the very generous donation to our charity.  It really means the world to us and enables us to keep making magic and paying our farrier!!

It was such a pleasure to welcome you all and introduce you to our 2 and 4 legged team.

I think we should definitely think about a summer barbeque too so I will be in touch with a suggested date.

Kindest Regards

Natalie and team