Cawleys is sending a team of four crack cyclists to France to raise money in a 500km marathon for the Ride High charity.
Based in Milton Keynes, Ride High is a registered charity that transforms the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable children, by giving them the opportunity to learn to ride and care for horses.
Over 80 children attend Ride High every week for up to a year. Ride High is a unique charity that connects with disengaged children in a way that no one else can. Spending time with horses helps promote confidence, responsible behaviour, respect and trust. When children are first referred to Ride High most are underperforming or not attending school, and can’t see a future for themselves. By the time they leave after a year, over 90% are thriving in full time school, college or work experience.
Cawleys has supported Ride High for two years since Phil Gudgeon, Director of Waste Collection and Logistics, and Anna Cawley, Director of Customer Service, first visited the charity in 2016.
Marketing and Fundraising Manager, Helen Dixon said:
“Cawleys raise funds and support us through many different initiatives. In addition to regular fundraising through their staff lunches they’ve also welcomed our members for a guided tour of the Material Recycling Facility. This was a very valuable and educational experience for the children”.
“In the last 12 months Ride High has moved and started up a social enterprise – a riding school open to the public, to help provide a more sustainable income for the charity in the future. Our new site required whole buildings to be renovated - Cawleys provided the skips for the waste and now they continue to support us by collecting our rubbish, recycling and horse waste on a weekly basis”.
“Ride High doesn’t receive any financial support from the government so we are very reliant on the kindness and generosity of the business community. The support that Cawleys provide is absolutely critical and we are extremely grateful to them for sharing their skills, resources and their time with us”.
“It’s wonderful that Cawleys are fundraising for us through the Extra Mile Challenge and we all wish them the very best of luck. I know Phil loves his cycling and we’re looking forward to him and the other Extra Mile team members coming in with their bikes and kits to tell us all about their experience. It’s just the sort of team activity that will inspire and interest the children. I encourage anyone who wants to support our charity and help local children, or who understands the healing power of horses, to sponsor the Cawleys team!” Helen concluded.