Charity of the Year
Ride High is a children’s charity based in Milton Keynes that transforms the lives of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable children in the city, by teaching them to ride and care for horses and through associated clubroom projects.
Ride High offers children long term support for six months to a year – providing consistency and continuity to effect lasting change in their lives. Riding horses provides the children with a challenge and something to look forward to each week. As they learn new skills their confidence and self-esteem increases and they develop a sense of pride in their achievements. Time with the horses helps them to manage negative feelings and anxieties and increases their wellbeing and happiness. Activity in the charity’s clubroom helps to build literacy and key social skills. In this safe and secure environment the specialist staff work with the children to build their confidence and the life skills required to go out into the world and participate fully in life.
When they are first referred many of the children are poor or non-school attendees and almost all are significantly underperforming. By the time they leave Ride High over 90% are thriving in full-time school, college or work experience.
Ride High recently celebrated its 10th birthday after transforming the lives of over 1,200 children.
Founded in 2008 in a portacabin with just 6 youngsters, Ride High now works with 88 children every week.
During 2018-2019 Heide has chosen to support The Henry Allen Trust.
Heide’s aim is to raise £365 in the year to 31st March 2019.
Henry Allen was just two when he was diagnosed with Stage 4 High Risk Neuroblastoma, an aggressive childhood cancer that affects nerve tissue.
Despite treatment Henry's condition deteriorated.
Henry wanted to come home and his family spent their last days together making memories and talking about Henry’s wishes.
This included helping other children and families affected by childhood cancer.
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