BBC radio presenterJeremy Vine will join Milton Keynes charity Ride High at its fifth annual fundraising ball which aims to raise its biggest-ever target of £60,000.
Ride High is a charity which was set up to help disadvantaged children.
It aims to change the lives of children aged eight-17 by giving them the opportunity to ride and care for horses, building their confidence and self-esteem, improving life skills such as communication and team work, and facilitating routes to further education and employment.
Jeremy Vine has been the charity’s patron since 2009 when he met some of the children at the Ride High centre at Great Brickhill.
He said: “When I first encountered Ride High they were working with just six children.
“Five years on, the charity has worked with over 500 Milton Keynes children. It’s a remarkable achievement and a real jewel in the crown of this community.
“I’m so pleased to be heading back to Milton Keynes to support Ride High, especially on such an important night for the charity. Having attended the ball myself in the past I am in no doubt everyone attending is in for a wonderful evening.”
The children Ride High supports may be living in foster care, have been excluded from mainstream education, or may be suicidal or self-harming. Some are living in poverty or deprivation, or are carers for a family member.
This year the charity has supported 10 young people who were classed as NEET (not in education employment or training) while they took steps to return to school or college.
Rachel Medill, the charity’s chief executive and founder, said: “We have a fundraising target of £60,000 this year which is a huge amount, around a quarter of our running costs for the year.
“Last year’s ball was a huge success but this year promises to be an even more glittering occasion. With Jeremy Vine attending as our guest speaker we hope this year will prove our most successful of all. ”
The Ride High Diamond Ball is sponsored by Milton Keynes Citizen and Sysmex UK, a leading supplier of medical diagnostic machinery based in Milton Keynes.
The event to be held at Jurys Inn, on Saturday, November 15, is a black tie evening including a sparkling drinks reception, three- course meal, live and silent auctions including ‘money can’t buy’ items and dancing to a live band. Tickets are £70 per head.
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