Assisting worthwhile causes, particularly those in our local community, is very important to all of us here at Retirement Line. We are happy to support worthwhile charities, groups, clubs and individuals, especially those that enhance the lives of people in or approaching retirement. We are proud of all our staff members who have helped us to raise money for local causes. These are some of the charitable and sponsorship activities we support.
Retirement Line agreed a sponsorship deal with The City of Peterborough Tennis Club, working together to encourage local people of all age groups to take up, or get back into this popular sport. Our donation of £1,000 will assist the club in developing and delivering a range of new coaching activities through subsidised coaching and free taster lessons at the club and in local schools, including new ‘Rusty Rackets’ courses to encourage seniors who previously played tennis to pick up their rackets again.
Alex, a 13 year old local schoolboy, has been invited by the UK Scout Association to be a member of the UK contingent of boy scouts to attend the 24th World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, USA, in July 2019. Invitations are extremely limited and Alex is the youngest UK boy scout to be invited. Alex is really looking forward to meeting fellow boy scouts from all over the world. Alex has to raise over £3,500 towards the cost of attending the Jamboree and whilst he has been doing all manner of odd jobs to hit this target, Retirement Line are delighted to have pledged £500.
As well as helping good causes, we also support actions to reduce our carbon footprint wherever possible. For Christmas, in lieu of sending normal cards by post we send e-cards to our clients, suppliers and business partners, and make a generous donation to our local Sue Ryder hospice in Peterborough – in 2017, we donated £1,000. The hospice cares for people aged 16 and over who are living with conditions like cancer, heart failure and lung disease, and this is a cause very close to our hearts.
Congratulations go to our Financial Administrator, Rebecca Russell, for raising money for the Peterborough Dementia Action Alliance. Rebecca and her mum, Linda, teamed up to do a 5K run dressed in Santa costumes to raise funds for Dementia care. Rebecca would like to thank the staff and directors of Retirement Line who donated £272 to her fundraising total. Their two Labrador dogs, Buddy and Henry, also joined – although cheeky Buddy refused to wear his Santa costume!
Retirement Line support Help for Heroes, who work to provide better facilities for British servicemen and women who have been wounded or injured in the line of duty. It is a charity close to the heart of our CEO, David Slater, who served in the RAF. David said: “I have seen just how difficult it can be for service personnel to make the transition back to civilian life, even more so for those who have to endure rehabilitation for their injuries.” In 2018, we donated £1,000.
A local man to Retirement Line finally achieved his dream of running the London Marathon ten years after being told he might not walk again following a serious rugby accident. Retirement Line heard about Tom’s story through a colleague who knows him, and donated £250 to his chosen charities: The Steve Prescott Foundation (which rehabilitates permanently injured rugby players), Guide Dogs for the Blind and the Team George Fund.
Retirement Line are delighted to have sponsored the son of Tony Jarman, one of our annuity specialists. Jake, aged 16, is a gymnast and a member of the British Top Squad. He is in full time training and hopes to represent GB in the 2020 Olympics. Jake won two silver medals in the 2018 European Championships narrowly missing a gold medal. We have recently donated £400 towards the purchase of a vault for his local gym to enable him to improve his prowess on the vault even more.
The village of Barrowden in Rutland is the home of David Slater, our Chief Executive, and his family. The village has an Evergreen Club, a charity run for, and by, older people in the village. Supporting organisations which help keep people active and fulfilled in later life is very important to all of us at Retirement Line, so we have donated funds for the few past years to the Evergreen Club to help them pay for meals, trips and entertainment. We also donated £1,000 to the Barrowdon Diocese in 2017 towards the cost of restoration of Barrowden’s beautiful 12th Century church.