MK horse cause has good neigh-bours!

Children at Ride High charity in Milton Keynes
Children at Ride High charity in Milton Keynes

TWO Milton Keynes firms are proving to be good neigh-bours for a charity that changes disadvantaged young lives through horse riding.

Diagnostic suppliers Sysmex UK, in Garamonde Drive, Wymbush, donated £10,000 to equip Ride High’s clubroom in Galley Lane, Great Brickhill.

Suzanne Purchase, director at AV Network with Ernie, one of the horses at Ride High

Suzanne Purchase, director at AV Network with Ernie, one of the horses at Ride High

Sysmex also provides all Ride High’s IT support, its staff are joining fund-raising efforts and one of the charity’s 80 young people has been given a three-month work placement. The firm provides automated blood diagnostic systems for laboratories and healthcare facilities.

Keith Howes, Sysmex chief executive, said he first realised the company had something special on its doorstep when the firm took a table at the Ride High Ball in September last year. He added: “I felt the whole company would get a real buzz from helping out.”

Ride High’s Rachel Medill said: “Sysmex has enabled us to transform the children’s experience.”

Ride High is also being helped by events company AV Network, in Danbury Court, Linford Wood East. As well as providing theming for a Ride High ball, employees are helping fundraise.

Ride High clubroom being used

Ride High clubroom being used

Three AV Network members of staff are joining the Ride High Kilimanjaro climb in October.

Tim English, marketing director, at AV Network, said: “This partnership suits us well because we want to help people on our doorstep – Ride High is a Milton Keynes charity for Milton Keynes children and when you go to Ride High the children’s happiness is really evident.”

Rachel Medill added: “Corporate partnerships are about so much more than financial support. Joint working is what it’s all about and we are looking forward to supporting each other.”

It costs £160,000 per year to run Ride High. It has been operating for three years and in that time has grown from helping six children a week to more than 70 children a week.