Disadvantaged children helped to aim high by Bucks Freemasons

More than 30 vulnerable young people will have the chance to transform their lives, thanks to a grant from Buckinghamshire Freemasons.

Milton Keynes charity Ride High helps disadvantaged and vulnerable children by teaching them to ride and care for horses. They also deliver projects and activities to develop confidence and skills that many of the children lack, but desperately need, so they can fully participate in life. 

The grant from Bucks Freemasons of £4,576 is helping Ride High to work closely with their teenage members; to encourage and support their future ambitions. Ride High seeks to instil confidence and to give the children opportunities such as work experience placements to broaden their horizons and give them something to aim for. 

Since it was established in 2008 the charity has supported nearly 1000 children across Milton Keynes and over 90 per cent of leavers are in full-time education, work experience or employment and thriving six months after leaving. 

The grant from Buckinghamshire Freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends, from across England and Wales.

Helen Dixon, Marketing and Fundraising Manager at Ride High said:

“We are delighted to have received this generous grant from Bucks Freemasons. It will allow us to provide our older members with extra support, guidance, experiences and skills to give them a real chance at having a successful future career”.

Phil Blacklaw (Assistant Grand Master for Buckinghamshire) said:

“We are very pleased to be able to help Ride High in their hugely important work with some very vulnerable young people. Helping them at this crucial point can give them a much higher chance of making a success of their lives in the future.”

Photo Details

Show some of the youngsters who attend. Middle left Andrew Hough (Honorary Secretary of the Buckinghamshire Masonic Centenary Fund), Middle Centre Helen Dixon, Marketing and Fundraising Manager at Ride High and Middle right Phil Blacklaw the Assistant Grand Master for Buckinghamshire