Our Charity of the Year 2024 is Ride High!

Jessica Sheridan, Marketing Manager

February 9th, 2024

3 min read

We’re proud to announce that Ride High are our Charity of the Year for 2024 and we will be fundraising throughout the year to help raise awareness and funds for the organisation.

Since Pragmatiq was established in 2017, supporting local charities has always been extremely important and we wanted to take it a step further, with a dedicated Charity of the Year as a new initiative for 2024. This enables us to work closely with a charity for the duration of the year, focusing on fundraising activities, raising awareness and supporting through our employee volunteering days.

Ride High was chosen following an extensive selection process and company-wide vote, ensuring the whole team had a say in the charity we support.

About Ride High

  • Based just 10 minutes from the Pragmatiq office in the heart of Milton Keynes, Ride High is a charity focused on providing opportunities for disadvantaged and vulnerable children (aged 8-17)
  • Ride High uses horses as a vehicle to transform the lives of these children. Horses enable us 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
  • Children are referred to Ride High by schools, social workers, and other services, with 83% facing mental health challenges
  • Over 120 children each week are being supported by Ride High
  • Ride High also supports them not just through their engagement with the horses, but also with the activities run in the Club Room afterwards – all designed to help build their confidence and resilience to face life in a better mental state, whilst also addressing some basic social and educational needs

Olivia Sugdon, CEO, Ride High said: “We are absolutely thrilled Pragmatiq have chosen Ride High as their Charity of the Year.  We love Pragmatiq’s culture of collaboration, drive and innovation, and can’t wait to harness their energy to make a real difference to the many vulnerable children in our local communities so desperately needing our help. We’re very proud of their decision, and can’t wait to work with them!

Stuart Goldwater, Managing Director, Pragmatiq said: “We have been familiar with Ride High for some time, and we are thrilled to be able to support the brilliant work they are doing in our local community.

At Pragmatiq, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is not just a checkbox, it’s a fundamental part of our culture and our partnership with Ride High demonstrates our determination to make a positive impact.

We’re busy thinking of ideas to kick off our fundraising and will be sharing our plans soon, so keep an eye out for this and how to support – whether that’s sharing our activities on social media, helping us to spread the word, or donating. The Pragmatiq team are also looking forward to using their volunteering days, which we will be documenting over on our LinkedIn.

How to support and stay updated

We would really appreciate any support throughout the year to help us raise as much as possible for Ride High to assist the brilliant work they do. To stay up to date with what’s going on, make sure to follow our LinkedIn page and if you have any further questions, please feel free to reach out to info@pragmatiq.co.uk

To find out more about Ride High, visit www.ridehigh.org.


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