The Money Group has signed a sponsorship deal to help judo athlete Ashley McKenzie (pictured above) get to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
McKenzie has previously represented Team GB in both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
He won gold at The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 and is currently ranked number one in the county.
McKenzie, from West London, was diagnosed with ADHD as a child and often excluded from school.
After starting to learn judo from the age of 11 he was able to find a new direction and focus.
Mckenzie says: “I am a self-funded athlete and will have to make my own way to Tokyo so any financial assistance I receive along the way is greatly appreciated.
“Very few people get to make one Olympic Games appearance so to make three would be something I would be incredibly proud of, especially given the challenges I have faced along the way.
“The hard work starts now but to bring back a medal for TeamGB and all those that supported me along the way will have made all the effort worthwhile.”
The Money Group co-founder Scott Thorpe says: “Ashley has an amazing story and we have recorded three podcasts which we are also launching today to give people an insight in to his background.
“We are also running a separate campaign alongside his sponsorship where we are looking to help secure Ashley his first home.
“Very little money gets filtered down to sports such as Judo and it is hard for athletes to fund their commitment to sport as well as their commitment to family.
“Hopefully we can help Ashley fulfil two of his major goals in the year ahead.”
Thorpe’s fellow Money Group founder Martin Stewart adds: “We will look to take Ashley on a road trip around the country to visit brands within the group.
“At each venue he will run a Judo Masterclass for local children and we will be looking to get lenders and the wider industry involved at each of those events.
“We might even try and get Scott on the mat with him so if anyone wants to settle some old scores now would be a good time to get involved.”
The Money Group’s directly authorised broker firms now have branches in Yorkshire, London, Manchester, Durham and Teesside and with five new offices set to open in the coming months.