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 just 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 great sport. The money will assist the club in their delivery of new coaching activities through subsidised 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 were pleased to sponsor a number of their events, 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, in lieu of 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. The hospice cares for people aged 16 and over who are living with conditions like cancer, heart failure and lung disease, and 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.”
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 sponsor the son of one of our annuity specialists. Jake Jarman, aged 16, 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.”
Barrowden is the home of David Slater, our Chief Executive, and his family. We donate regularly to the 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 past few years to the Evergreen Club to help them pay for meals, trips and entertainment. We also donated £1,000 to the Barrowden Diocese in 2017 towards the restoration of Barrowden's beautiful 12th century church.