Charity takes the reins with a new lottery in bid for funding streams

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

A Milton Keynes charity has launched its own lottery as a way of raising funds and strengthening its roots in the local community.

Ride High, based in Galley Lane, Great Brickhill, is growing as a business and attempting to find different way to raise the £200,000 it needs to run services.

Ride High changes the lives of local isolated and suffering children by teaching them how to care for horses.

Charity founder Rachel Medill said: “We help 70 children a week and in these difficult times it is hard to find the funding. We decided that we would ask the Milton Keynes community if they can help in a small way.

“For the price of a bottle of water and a snack people can make a real difference and they might win one of the cash prizes as well.” Tickets cost £2 each per month.

The winner of the first draw, made by charity patron and BBC Radio 2 presenter Jeremy Vine on September 20, will win a cash prize and a year’s free gym membership with Fit4Less.

Ride High doesn’t see itself competing against other charities for precious funds, or better than them. Rachel Medill said it’s about making contact with people who want to donate to childrens’ charities.

Ride High has built links with a range of local companies and recently announced that it has been chosen by Sainsbury’s MK as its charity of the year.