A CHARITY believes winning one of last year’s Milton Keynes and North Bucks Chamber of Commerce awards helped it get established in the community.
Ride High, based near Great Brickhill, won the award for Best Business Supporting the Local Community during last year’s search for excellence.
Rachel Medill chairs the trustees of the charity that helps children from challenging backgrounds develop crucial life skills by putting them in charge of horses. The charity celebrated its second anniversary on April 22.
She said: “Ride High is a relatively new charity. Winning the award certainly helped us by providing us with that stamp of approval from the local community.”
Ride High’s annual costs are £160,000 a year which it raises from grants, donations, services in kind and fundraising events.
A major fundraiser will be the Ride High Ball on Friday, September 23, at the Stadium:mk. There will be dancing and general merriment, and an after-dinner speech by BBC Radio 2 presenter and charity patron Jeremy Vine.
Rachel added that winning the award, which was sponsored by Milton Keynes Shopping Centre Association, allowed the charity to put statements and logos on its literature and emails, which acts as a kind of reassurance to local businesses being asked for help.
Rachel said: “When businesses ask ‘who are you?’ the award helps us give the answer. We will certainly be looking at entering again this year.”
> For more information on Ride High phone 07507 308943 or visit www.ridehigh.org
> For more information on the Chamber’s awards and how to enter, visit www.mk-chamber.co.uk. To become a sponsor, phone Helen Horwood, operations director, on 01908 259002.