We’re taking part in The Big Give ‘Kind 2 Mind’ campaign from 15th – 22nd May 2023. The campaign coincides with Mental Health Awareness week and is an opportunity for Ride High to raise funds to support our children and young people – over 80% of whom suffer with mental health challenges.

Kindness starts small. Whether it's one smile or two kind words, every little bit counts to make a big difference in someone’s life. During the ‘Kind 2 Mind’ campaign week we’re asking you to make a difference by donating whatever you can you to Ride High. Every donation we receive up to a total of £2,500 will be generously matched by our champion The Big Give Trust and will help us to purchase a specialist new pony for our growing number of children with mental health challenges.

At Ride High we use horses to connect with children in a way other more traditional interventions such as counselling fail. Many of them won't speak but they'll put their arms around a horse and whisper in its ear – and that’s where the transformation starts. Over a period of 3-12 months, dependent on each child’s needs and progress, we use this connection and the children's new-found interest in horses to engage them in a weekly educational programme that supports their mental and physical health and wellbeing. Time spent riding and caring for the horses provides vulnerable children with a challenge and something to look forward to each week. Although some of our children have no positive relationships when they first come to us, they can build strong bonds with horses relatively easily. As they learn new skills their confidence and self-esteem increase. In the presence of the ponies, they learn to manage negative feelings and anxieties, to feel calmer, more resilient and happier.

To help meet the growing demand for mental health services in Milton Keynes we have recently increased the number of children we work with each week from 80 to 120. Through the ‘Kind 2 Mind’ campaign we are hoping to raise £5,000 in just one week to purchase a new pony to support these extra children.

How you can help?

From midday on Monday 15th May to midday on Monday 22nd May please donate to Ride High via the ‘Kind 2 Mind campaign’. Every donation received up to a total of £2,500 will be generously matched by our champion The Big Give Trust. This means that until the £2,500 cap is reached for every £10 donated, Ride High will receive £20.


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