Last year we granted one of our largest ever grants of £130K towards the 1st year running costs of the new Ride High Equestrian Centre in Milton Keynes.
We are delighted to publish the following report received from Ride High at the end of the year!
It has been a year since Ride High opened the doors of their new riding centre in Milton Keynes. The centre has now become the hub of their charitable operations and all the profits from the riding school will be invested in the charity. It has been a huge undertaking to make it fit for horses, staff, clients and the children who are beneficiaries of the charity. With the help of many volunteers and the local community the renovations have made significant progress, the children are using the site and the riding school and corporate training business are trading. WWMT granted £130,000 to help secure the lease of the site and we look forward to the day when Ride High the charity is funded by the profits from the commercial riding centre.
This is an innovative social enterprise with profits from the riding centre going back into the charity thus ensuring it’s future sustainability. After 3 years of work, the lease was signed on 24th July and we could not be more thrilled to be supporting such an exciting project.
Ride High is an exceptional charity in Milton Keynes set up to change the lives of disadvantaged children by giving them the opportunity to ride horses, build their self-esteem and confidence and improve their future prospects.
They work with between 80 – 90 children (aged 8-17) every week who may be in foster care, young carers, are suicidal or self-harming or living in environments dominated by ill health, poverty, drugs or alcohol. Their goal is to transform children from being disengaged and unhappy with very poor prospects to being confident and positively engaged in the outside world and they do it very well.