The Iceland Trek
The Iceland Trek
9 July 2014
Three directors from Portsmouth-based technology solutions provider Dunstan Thomas have braved the weather and been trekking for a few days in the land of mysterious trolls, volcanoes and glaciers, Iceland. The objective was to raise money for chosen charity The Share Foundation.
From the 25th to the 29th of June, Chris Read, Natanje Holt and Luisa Partridge have walked across lava fields and hostile glaciers to fund raise. The three directors come back from this experience happy and fulfilled as they learnt how to practise their survival skills, test their endurance, cope with the harsh weather and revel in the spirit of comradeship among all fundraisers. Together they managed to raise £2300.
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). 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 backed 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.”
If you want to find out how you too can make a difference to those children and young people’s lives, please go to: http://www.sharefound.org/