Portsmouth tech firm Dunstan
Thomas strengthens commitment to children’s charity The Share
Foundation at Goodwood Golf Day.
26 June 2015
Dunstan Thomas couldn’t have asked for better weather for their annual Golf Day at Goodwood, near Chichester, West Sussex. The Portsmouth-based technology firm, along with more than 20 customers from across the financial services and energy sectors, took on the stunning South Downs course in support of The Share Foundation (sharefound) on Thursday 18th June.
The Share 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 Coalition Government that 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, children’s rights campaigner who grew up in care; who this year attended Dunstan Thomas’ Golf Day as a Share Foundation ambassador to award prizes during lunch. Dunstan Thomas’s commitment to The Share Foundation remains strong. It matched all donations made to the charity on the day; helping raise a significant sum of money on the day.
David Akinsanya (left)representing The Share Foundation with Jon Finley and Chris Read (right) both of Dunstan Thomas.
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. 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.”
The charity recently launched a major campaign to raise £30 million in the next five years, with the mission to increase each of the over 36,000 active Junior ISA accounts to £1,000.
Speaking on Dunstan Thomas’s assistance, The Share Foundation’s founder and chairman, Gavin Oldham said: “We are particularly fortunate to have Dunstan Thomas support us, once again, at this critical time when we urgently need to address the needs of the significant number of young people who will leave the scheme shortly having turned 18”.
To be part of Dunstan Thomas’s continued support of The Share Foundation, please go to the JustGiving page
here or contact Natanje Holt at