We are grateful to the following grant funders and charitable foundations for their support:
The Garfield Weston Foundation
The Margaret Giffen Foundation
The Santander Foundation
The Eranda Rothschild Foundation
The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
The Saddlers’ Company
Percy Bilton Charity
The Fossil Foundation
St James’ Place Foundation
Henry Smith Charity
Our Corporate Supporters
Our corporate partner, Sysmex UK Ltd, are the distributors and support network for Sysmex automated haematology and coagulation diagnostic analysers, reagents and information systems for laboratories and healthcare facilities within the UK and Ireland. As well as supporting the charity in their fundraising activities, since 2013 Sysmex have provided office space and facilities to the team at Ride High.
Founder, Rachel Medill, said: “There just wasn’t enough space at our Centre for our staff and volunteers as well as the children so we approached corporate supporters Sysmex to see if they could help. It is a great solution for us – it gives us the space we desperately needed without increasing our office overheads. It also gives us a chance to work more closely with one of our corporate partners. I really hope that this will give other charities and companies another way of working together. Most charities have corporate supporters and it is something the company may be able to offer easily.”
Keith Howes, Chief Executive of Sysmex, said: “From our point of view it is a way of offering real value to the charity at marginal cost to us. It also helps us to have someone from the charity in our offices – we can provide daily support and it reminds us of the work we do and the impact we have in the community. This is just one example of how involved our staff have been as a result:
One of our field service engineers achieved a car upgrade through his safe driving record. He asked that rather than having a car upgrade he would like the money saved on not upgrading his car to be donated to Ride High.
It is great to see individual employees make such commitments, we are delighted and it shows that the partnership is working well on many levels.”
RSM UK is based in central Milton Keynes and provides a range of accountancy and business advisory services assisting with a full spectrum of advice from compliance to facilitating growth including audit and assurance services, consulting, outsourcing, restructuring, risk advisory, specialist services, tax services and transactions.
Terry Saunders of RSM UK says: “Ride High do exceptional work with some of the most disadvantaged children in Milton Keynes. We are proud to support this local charity.”
Adelie Foods is the UK’s leading ‘Food to Go’ business supplying the UK retail and food service sectors with an unrilvalled portfolio of consumer insight led chilled food products. They provide enough fresh sandwiches from their manufacturing premises in Milton Keynes to feed the children at Ride High at every session. Rachel Medill, said: “Many of the children who come to us come from deprived backgrounds and some come to us having eaten hardly anything at all. To know that we can guarantee them a proper meal while they are with us, and in some instances send them home with more, is wonderful. We are very grateful to Adelie for stepping in to help out in this way.”
Adelie’s Group Operations Director Ray Pigg explains: “As one of the largest employers in the Milton Keynes area we are delighted to be able to partner with a charity that is doing so much great work to support underprivileged young people in our community.”
adam HTT Limited works with Local Authorities and NHS bodies across the UK to help them commission personalised, high-quality Social Care, Housing, Health, Transport and Education services. With their innovative commissioning software, adam ensures that Councils put local people at the heart of their processes while working with providers in the local marketplace to find the services people both need and want.
Aspire is an award-winning, boutique recruitment agency delivering a better and more enjoyable experience when recruiting, for discerning clients and candidates alike. The team at Aspire regularly support the children at Ride High through both raising awareness and assisting with fundraising.
Bobbyflash offer a bespoke creative design service, working with their clients to help them better understand their business and target markets in order to deliver beautifully crafted solutions that are also fit for purpose. Stuart Bradley of Bobbyflash has supported Ride High for many years with design services including the creation of all our newsletters, merchandise and event literature.
Ride High is based at Bryerley Springs Farm Equestrian Centre which has been at the forefront of equestrian services in the Milton Keynes area for over 15 years. They offer a highly professional service with friendly and informed employees that are always on hand to offer advice on all aspects of horse care and ownership.
They offer 2 indoor schools & 2 outdoor schools, surrounded by 200 acres of off road riding with close access to the woods. Liveries can also enjoy the use of a lunge round pen and horse walker. Their different instructors cater from 4 year olds on the lead rein to private instruction for competition riders. All staff have been awarded NVQ’s in horse care and have received training in Child Protection. What’s more, they can also teach to a NVQ level in horse care. They are open to all members of the general public, and cater for all ages and abilities, including those with disabilities and special needs.
The First “Xero” Only Practice Platinum Partner in the UK, Cloudco are now expert users and advisers on the Xero accounting software and we have become a Xero only firm of Chartered Accountants. Chris Reid has been a practising Chartered Accountant, business and tax adviser for many years and has extensive experience in all aspects of how to help businesses with “cloud” accounting becoming a major topic of discussion, Cloudco Accountancy Group Ltd is at the forefront of this innovation and technology.
They are registered and regulated with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and are therefore bound by the Code of Conduct and Ethics set down by our prestigious Institute. They have also created a fully outsourced bookkeeping and payroll department which undertakes all clients bookkeeping requirements, VAT returns, payroll and credit control which then feeds into the management accounts production.
With affordable prices and technicians who only speak English not Geek Speak. They are a family company and have been established for some 16 years. They service build, repair and replace screens on all computers, laptops, pads, tablets, CCTV systems.
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GMS deliver effective, proportionate security strategies encompassing manned guarding, which can also be supported by bespoke electronic, NFC and biometric software. Other services offered within the Group: property management encompassing vacant insurance compliance services and Utility Management Broker Services. From their head office in Bromsgrove at the heart of the Midlands GMS Group support customers throughout the UK employing over 450 staff. GMS Group has selected Ride High as a charity they wish to support in 2017. They are kindly funding new riding equipment, new sweatshirts for the children and are sponsoring a child for the year to attend the center.
Print suppliers to businesses and individuals nationwide. A young modern company with an established pedigree, full to bursting with quality, professionalism, experience and ideas. i-print have supported Ride High with printing services for several years including our promotional literature and merchandise.”At i-print mk we have our fingers firmly on the pulse of modern print solutions. Our print and graphics experience has been accumulated since the traditional lithographic era. However we prefer our clients to think about what’s now possible with the latest software and printing hardware as this is exactly what’s on offer when you work with us.”
Karen Parker is a professional photographer based in Milton Keynes. She has provided Ride High with stunning portraits and images that continue to feature heavily in our marketing.
“My job is to help you enhance your website, promotional literature and/personal brand with flattering portraits and powerful images. I’ve over 15 years professional experience and my reputation is been based on creativity, honesty and fantastic quality.”
Established in 1880, MHA MacIntyre Hudson can trace its local roots back to the start of the accountancy profession as one of 587 firms that joined together to form the original ‘Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales’ (ICAEW). Now one of the largest audit firms in the UK with 86 Partners and over 600 staff across 14 offices in London, the South East, East Anglia and the Midlands, our approach remains personal with the focus being on helping the client achieve their goals. In 2016, the firm won the Audit Team of the Year award at the British Accountancy Awards, whilst our Tax Team was also shortlisted.
The MK Community Foundation is an independent charity working for and at the heart of Milton Keynes. They connect people and resources to projects and ideas to create positive change and long term solutions for our communities. They have supported Ride High with several grants, their most recent enabling Ride High to take two groups of children on a residential riding trip in Autumn 2014.
Moosaic Marketing is based out of Milton Keynes and provides strategic business marketing services and solutions to small businesses and large corporate enterprise organisations, with and without marketing departments. Exploring business needs along with assessing our customer’s current situation, in order to provide expert recommendations for businesses to launch an achievable marketing plan and strategy to supporttheirr sales growth.
Novalex Solicitors was founded in 2008 by Karen Mason. Having spent half her career in house and half her career working in private practice, Karen felt that the structure of a traditional law firm did not provide the best service to clients. She set about creating a different kind of law firm which put the client’s needs first. Novalex solicitors are all highly experienced specialist lawyers delivering sensible, commercial legal advice direct to businesses at a fraction of the usual price. To experience the difference, call 01908 440020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As of 2016 Novalex Solicitors have pledged their professional advice and support to Ride High on a pro bono basis and continue to support the charity in their fundraising activities.
RB Equestrian one of the biggest saddleries in the UK with over 10,000sq. ft. of shop floor. A true family business they’ve been trading since 1989 and have a great reputation for service. They’ve won the national BETA/SEIB Retailer of the Year Award an unprecedented three times in 2009, 2011 & 2012. The team at RB Equestrian regularly collect for Ride High in store and promote the charity whenever possible.
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They provide a comprehensive range of managed, outsourced Data, Records & Information Management solutions and Consultancy Services. We assist our clients to meet regulatory requirements supporting their needs by delivering solutions that make financial savings and drive efficiencies.
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