Dunstan Thomas strikes out across Icelandic lava fields for children’s charity The Share Foundation
3 May 2014
A team of three directors - Chris Read, Natanje Holt and Luisa Partridge - from Portsmouth-based technology company Dunstan Thomas will brave the vast lava fields and glacial wastes of the Southern Highlands of Iceland in a gruelling five-day trek, as part of a series of fund-raising initiatives by the company in support of children’s charity The Share Foundation (sharefound).
The Share Foundation was set up back in 2005 to help children and young people, whose family situation is either severely disadvantaged or non-existent, to achieve their potential by providing support in the form of financial resources and financial education.
The Government now provides £200 initial payment into Junior ISA investment accounts for all children in care for 12 consecutive months or more and born outside the era of the Child Trust Fund (in April 2002 to January 2011).
Following this announcement by the Coalition Government, The Share Foundation was appointed by the Department of Education to establish and operate Junior ISA accounts for these vulnerable children.
The charity raises additional voluntary funds to increase the value of these Junior ISAs. It also works to ensure that children in care have appropriate personal finance education ahead of their ISAs reaching maturity when they are 18 years old.
Natanje Holt, managing director, Dunstan Thomas explains why they are 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 the money they make so they can pay the bills, then they stand a much better chance of playing a full part in society and living fulfilling lives. We think The Share Foundation, with the help of the Government and donors, does crucial work for these children so that’s why we are backing it.”
Dunstan Thomas has set a target of raising £10,000 for The Share Foundation from this Trek. Team Dunstan Thomas will be doing its next practice walk on the 6th – 8th June near its base in Portsmouth. They will be walking the Landmannalaugar route over the Southern Highlands of Iceland from the 25th – 29th June 2014.
You can donate to help them towards their ambitious target by going to the Just Giving page here or making contact with Natanje Holt at Dunstan Thomas via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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