This year the Ride High Ball held on Saturday 26th January, was a fabulous event, made even more special as Jeremy Vine was there as a special guest! Some of our lucky MTeam colleagues were in attendance and there to help raise money for this innovative and very worthy charity.
Ride High is a registered charity that transforms the lives of disadvantaged children by giving them the opportunity to learn to ride and look after horses and ponies. Their work enables lasting changes in their attitude, self-confidence and life prospects, and prides itself on developing happy, confident young people who are positively engaged in the outside world. The programme, which has helped over 1000 children over the 9 years it's been running, has around 80 children attend the programme each week. These kids get the opportunity to do something special and to develop a sense of pride as they overcome challenges. It's an amazing charity, but in order to provide the children this opportunity, they rely heavily on fundraising.
Here's what our MTeam colleagues, who attended the event, had to say about their evening:
Peter Hack was rather impressed with the success of the event:
"We had a great time, they raised lots of cash (circa £35k in 5 minutes via pledges from the tables (£17.5k and an anonymous person doubled it)). Someone from Ride High sang a song from the greatest showman which was very well received. The children of ride high painted a picture with words and things relating to their experience, and this was purchased for £5k as part of the auction.
An excellent event!"
Rachael Jeffryes was rather impressed with the success of the event:
"It was a beautiful evening and all for a great cause and the atmosphere was amazing! To go from being one of those children at Ride High and now seeing how far the charity has come in a few short years, was an absolute honour. Everyone was extremely generous and the décor was breathtaking. Also the food was pretty scrummy too! Overall myself and my partner thoroughly enjoyed ourselves."
Alison Reynolds summed up the evening beautifully
"We had the best time, the event was very well organised, I had no idea before the night that it was the Greatest Showman themed, so it was a lovely surprise, we were even greeted by a ring master, who showed us where we needed to sign in and go. He was also there when they opened the curtains into the event.
"The food was delicious as was the drink on the table – I was even introduced to rhubarb gin and lemonade which was lush! Although this has nothing to do with the event itself.
"I was very fortunate to speak to Jeremy Vine and yes I was cheeky enough to ask him for a selfie, he was such a lovely and down to earth guy.
"Some of the children who attend/have attended Ride High were there, and came out to listen to the speeches and also went on stage when one of the volunteer/workers sang ‘This is Me’ which had a very powerful impact.
"Hearing about how the charity has changed children’s lives was very thought provoking and it certainly brought a tear to a number of eyes around the room, my own included.
"Rachel Medill (founder and CEO), was very passionate about the charity, and certainly did a great job at getting people to pledge money to help four children who are on the waiting list, she gave names and a brief description as to what they are dealing with in their personal lives and how the charity would help them.
"Seeing and listening to a young boy who has attended the facility talking about how Ride High has changed his life was also very heart warming.
"There was a silent auction as well as a live auction, with some amazing prizes donated. The Jeremy Vine experience (going to Radio 2 and being in his studio whilst he was on air) was one of the prizes, as well as accommodation in Jamaica for eight people and a meal for four at Coutts Concierge which all raised a huge amount of money for the charity.
"The live band were fab, and we spent the later part of the evening dancing the night away. There was also a VR experience, but we didn’t have a go at that."
The whole event was, quite obviously, a very successful evening and a lot of fun for all attendees, you can see more about the event on their Facebook page.
The MTeam would like to thank the Ride High team, not only for all the work they do daily, and for the care they provide for their children, horses and staff, but also for such an amazing evening!