Dundee school girl wins design competition for bank’s next fiver

13 July 2015

A 12 year old school pupil from Dundee is to have her design incorporated on to a Bank of Scotland £5 note.  The note will be a one off limited edition banknote that will be auctioned to raise money for BBC Children in Need this autumn.

Kayla Robson who is 12 and attends Morgan Academy won the competition which challenged children to design part of the £5 Bank of Scotland banknote with the theme ‘What does BBC Children in Need mean to you?’.

The note will be Bank of Scotland’s first polymer note, and the circulation will be limited to just 50 notes which will make it popular among collectors and hopefully raise as much money as possible for BBC Children in Need.

The charity’s iconic mascot, Pudsey Bear will be making a special guest appearance on the note with Kayla’s design depicting him wearing a kilt and raising a Saltire. 

Bank of Scotland competition judge Graeme Donald said:

“The Bank received over 4,000 entries to this competition, a fantastic response, and all the judges were blown away with the quality of the entries and the imagination and creativity shown by the children. Choosing a winner was not an easy process but when we looked at Kayla’s design, which combines brilliantly the use of colour and shading, we felt it brought home what BBC Children in Need means to so many people as well as having all the right attributes to make a great £5 note.

“This will be the first time the designs of children have been incorporated on a Scottish banknote and we hope to raise lots of money for BBC Children in Need.”

The winner Kayla Robson said:

“I love drawing and have always enjoyed raising money for BBC Children in Need in school.  I am very excited at winning and can’t wait to see my design on the £5 note.”

Last month the bank announced that its next £5 and £10 banknotes will be printed on polymer. The design of the main replacement polymer £5 note will be unveiled before the end of this year with the note itself issuing in the second half of 2016.  It will be followed around a year later by the polymer £10 note. All the new polymer notes will be printed on De La Rue’s Safeguard® polymer material.

Bank of Scotland as part of Lloyds Banking Group is BBC Children in Need’s first ever Principal Partner and exclusive fundraising partner in schools.