Foundation protects children’s future

SUPPORT From left: David Akinsanya, John Finley and Chris Read at the Dunstan Thomas golf day at Goodwood.
SUPPORT From left: David Akinsanya, John Finley and Chris Read at the Dunstan Thomas golf day at Goodwood.
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Portsmouth technology firms annual golf day helps support charity that helps young people in disadvantaged circumstances

The Portsmouth-based technology firm, along with more than 20 of its clients from across the financial services and energy sectors, took on the stunning South Downs course in support of The Share Foundation.

The foundation was founded in 2005 to help young people growing up in disadvantaged circumstances to reach their full potential, by providing them with financial resources and education.

Following the announcement from the former coalition government, saying it planned to close down child trust funds and replace them with Junior ISAs, The Share Foundation lobbied successfully with Action for Children and Barnardo’s to get the government to make an initial savings contribution to the Junior ISAs of children growing up in care.

The charity was officially appointed to administer all aspects of the Junior ISA scheme for vulnerable children.

Ten years on, the charity continues to raise funds to increase the value of these savings accounts for children in care.

Its dedication and passion in helping children prepare for adulthood continues to help improve the lives of many young people.

Just ask David Akinsanya – journalist, TV presenter and children’s rights campaigner – who grew up in care. He was a guest at this year’s Dunstan Thomas golf day as a Share Foundation ambassador to award prizes during lunch.

Dunstan Thomas’s commitment to the Share Foundation remains strong, as it matched all donations made to the charity on the day, helping raise a significant sum of money on the day.

Natanje Holt, managing director of Dunstan Thomas, explained the importance it places on backing the Share Foundation: ‘It is clear that managing and adding to these savings pots and providing all-important financial education for the most vulnerable children in society is critically important work.

‘If children in care can learn how to manage money, they have a much better chance of playing a full part in society and living fulfilling lives.

‘The foundation, with the help of the government and donors, does crucial work for these children.’

The charity recently launched a campaign to raise £30 million in the next five years, to increase active Junior ISA accounts.