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Jeremy Vine

He is currently the host of the BBC Radio 2 programme 'Jeremy Vine', which presents news, views, interviews with live guests and popular music. He also presents the BBC TV show, Eggheads. Here he describes his connection with the charity.

"I first met Rachel Medill (founder of Ride High) at Durham University in 1983. No one had a mobile phone. If you wanted to be on Twitter you bought a bird feeder. So Rachel and I and our fellow students were forced to get to know each other in old-fashioned ways, like sitting in bars and talking. Over time we became that very analogue thing: friends.

One day I opened the Daily Mail and saw a headline along the lines of, THE WOMAN WHO IS SHAKING UP THE CITY. Rachel was explaining her plans for M&G, one of those companies that takes your savings and returns them to you a few years later with a zero missing. I searched the article for a mention of horses: nothing. It occurred to me that the world had recognised Rachel but maybe she had not recognised herself. A city job? I couldn't believe it.

 

 

 

Then came Ride High. As far from the world of financial services as you can imagine. if you give them your money they turn it into love. I visited the charity's HQ for the first time in 2010 and met the children (fewer than twenty back then). Today Ride High have over 80 names on their books.

In the Milton Keynes area, an estimated 16,000 children live in poverty. Most live in environments dominated by drugs, alcohol or family breakdown. Some are self-harming; others are caring for their own parents. Every time I see Rachel, her face lights up with the latest project or life turned around. New names enter each conversation sometimes horses, but more usually the youngsters who have finally come out of themselves by learning how to care for the animals. This project is so special, so unique, so powerful, that I wonder if it's a little miracle: thirty years after Durham and all those earnest student conversations about how we would change the world, my friend actually did. She works with heart and soul to make a difference, and she has found what she is passionate about.

Of course Rachel can only do it with our help. Which is why I am so proud to be a patron of Ride High."

Children we help each week

80

Total children we have helped so far

1000

+

How many years we have been running

9

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