A fab four have smashed the central London 10K Vitality Race, battling the crowds and sweltering in a baking bank holiday to raise hundreds of pounds for young people across the UK.

Their £800 donation means scores of  young people will receive four hours of expert-led financial education in school, building their knowledge around basic finance and gaining real life money skills.

Special thanks goes to long-time MyBnk supporter, Quentin Downes, Co-Founder of Financial Services recruitment company, Twenty84. With no long distance under his belt for a fair few years and extremely limited training, both he and his pal, Alex smashed the route in under 60 mins – decent!

Our runners share what drove them across the finish line:

“In an increasingly complex society created by rapid technological growth and financial austerity, young adults are full of anxiety about their future. The work MyBnk is doing in readying them for their financial future and providing education outside of the curriculum in schools is invaluable. Good schools want to provide this type of education within their weekly teaching time but having the money and the expertise to do is less and less likely.

The irony of the way our society is currently set up means that schools in areas where this kind of support is needed the most, will be the schools that are least likely to be able to provide it. Having opportunities to help to bring young adults out of the perpetuating cycle of financial gloom must be at the forefront of what we as educators, politicians and charities do. This coupled with the offer of financial help for entrepreneurship makes MyBnk’s work invaluable in correcting the imbalances in our society and giving children a chance to follow their dreams.

As a leader in the field of pastoral care in education I can see that organisations like MyBnk deserve the greatest praise for the work they do and for that to happen businesses and individuals must show their continued support”.
Alex Colenso, Teacher.

“We really enjoyed taking part in the Vitality 10k and finding another way to add to our donations to MyBnk through sponsorship of our participation in this event. We know that a solid financial education and enterprise / business experience are a key factors in young people gaining the skills they need to succeed in life and we’re pleased to have been able to raise some funds for the amazing work that the team at MyBnk do”.  Quentin Downes, Founder & Managing Director, Twenty84.

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