Milton Keynes charity Ride High has been shortlisted in the Guardian newspaper Charity Awards 2014.
The awards aim to showcase excellence among small and medium-sized charities.The five winning charities will be announced at an event on Tuesday,December 2.
There are a total of 30 finalists in the competition with five winning charities set to each receive £5,000.
Ride High, which that aims to change the life prospects of Milton Keynes’s most disadvantaged children. It does this by teaching them to ride horses, by working with them to develop their social and literacy skills and by helping them find routes to further education, work experience or employment.
30 finalists and 5 will be winners getting £5000
Ride High is marking its fifth anniversary with a Diamond Ball in November. Founder Rachel Medill said: “We’re delighted to have been nominated and hope we’re successful. It would be wonderful to have a Milton Keynes charity among the winners.”
Ride High aims to help disadvantaged children and those having difficulties in their daily lives, by giving them the opportunity to learn to ride and look after horses and ponies.
There is evidence that for children who are angry, hurt, upset, lonely or underprivileged, contact with horses can have highly beneficial effects.
Children who exhibit antisocial behaviour in their daily lives often find that riding provides an absorbing new challenge which can take the place of disruptive activities and for others it builds confidence and self esteem. Alongside their weekly riding lessons each child also takes part in our structured clubroom session. Here, through structured, horse-based activities and interaction with their fellow members, they develop skills in communication and teamwork.
For more details visit www.ridehigh.org