Assisting worthwhile causes, particularly those in our local community, is very important to all of us here at Retirement Line. We are keen to support worthwhile charities, groups, and clubs and individuals and 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 just some of our charitable and sponsorship activities from recent months...
Retirement Line has just 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 great sport. The money will assist the club in their delivery of new coaching activities through subsided blocks of 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.
We were approached by the Longthorpe Bowls Club, a vibrant organisation with over 100 active playing members and 25 social members. We are very pleased to be sponsoring a number of their events across 2016, including race nights and a summer fundraising day, to help raise funds to maintain their bowls green and to improve their facilities by the addition of toilets.
As well as helping good causes, we also support actions to reduce our carbon footprint wherever possible. For Christmas 2015 we sent out e-cards at Christmas to all our clients, suppliers and business partners, and gave the £250 we would have spent on cards to our local Sue Ryder hospice, Thorpe Hall, in Peterborough. The hospice cares for people aged 16 and over who are living with conditions like cancer, heart failure and lung disease, and are a cause very close to our hearts.
Congratulations go to our Financial Administrator, Rebecca Russell, for raising money for the Peterborough Dementia Action Alliance in December 2015. 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.” A donation of £500 was made in 2016.
A local man to Retirement Line finally achieved his dream of running the London Marathon in April 2016, 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 sponsor the son of one of our annuity specialists. Jake Jarman, aged 14, is a gymnast who hopes to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. He is a member of the Huntingdon Olympic Gymnastics Club and is in the British Top Squad. Jake has to travel to the Lilleshall National Sports Centre to train for five days each month with the junior and senior Top Squad, and trains six days a week at his local gym in Huntingdon. Jake’s mum, Analeen, said: “we are so grateful – the sponsorship will be a huge help with his travel costs and gym fees.”
The Barrowden Evergreen Club is a charity run for, and by, older people in the small village of Barrowden in nearby Rutland. Supporting organisations which help keep people active and fulfilled in later life is very important to all of us at Retirement Line, so we were delighted to donate £200 to the group’s fundraiser in March 2016. This helped them to fund a day trip to a local tea room and its beautiful gardens, including the transport cost of a mini-bus for the day.