Aspiring journalist Hollie Ackroyd is ‘quids in’ after being short-listed in a national writing competition. Hollie submitted an article to the Financial Mail about who should be responsible for teaching young people about personal finance. Her efforts rewarded her with £75 in book vouchers and a congratulatory letter.
Hollie, who wants to study a journalism degree, took just a couple of hours to research and write her 1,000-word article which she submitted half an hour before the deadline. There were two age categories in the competition, run jointly by the Financial Mail and investment management firm Baillie Gifford.
Sixth Former Hollie said: ‘My article spoke about the need for students to be educated by schools about finance in a scheme funded by a windfall tax on banks. This would be a solid way of making sure that everyone has got an education in personal finance rather than parents teaching their children as everyone has different economic backgrounds and some parents know more about personal finance than others.
'I had to research quite a bit like how much the average household is in debt and issues like that. I was delighted when I heard I had made the shortlist, it was really encouraging, especially as I want to go into print journalism.’