Video: Crawley horse rescue charity names stable after autistic man

A Crawley horse rescue charity has named one of their stables after an autistic man.

The owner of Kilmarnock Farm Stables in Charlwood Road, Ifield, Carol Jackson named the shelter Angelo’s Den after his mother donated £1,000 to it.

Anna Kennedy OBE, patron of the charity and Autism Support Crawley, said: “I had a lump in my throat when she suggested the name.

“I feel Angelo this way can make a mark in the world, he has a tough time with his autism and sensory difficulties, it was heart-warming.”

Anna’s gift helped it build a stable for seven donkeys.

Her son Angelo, 22, has a severe form of autism.

Anna Kennedy with her son Angelo infront of the the barn named after him at Kilmarnock Farm Stables. SR1525603 Pic Steve Robards SUS-151028-140206001

Anna Kennedy with her son Angelo infront of the the barn named after him at Kilmarnock Farm Stables. SR1525603 Pic Steve Robards SUS-151028-140206001

Anna said she made the donation after discovering the benefits of equine therapy for autistic children and falling in love with ‘sanctuary’.

She said: “It’s a therapy that helps them to relax - it’s a sanctuary place.

“I absolutely fell in love with it.”

Carol said: “The horses show a lot of love towards children with autism.”

She added the charity’s therapy also helped children with mental health problems.

The rescue centre was opened in 2002, but was only registered as an official charity last year.

Anna, of Uxbridge, London, was awarded an OBE by the Queen in 2012 after campaigning for autism awareness through her own charity, Anna Kennedy Online, where she offers help and support for families whose children suffer from autism.

She also took part in other charity events like People’s Strictly Come Dancing and the Wear it For Autism fashion show.

She also set up her own specialist school for children with special needs, Hillingdon Manor School, in 1999, after she and her husband, Sean, re-mortgaged their house.

She said: “I am quite a driven person, I do it while I can.”

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