Charity of the Year update: Middle Aged Men in Lycra!

As some of our clients will already be aware, this year we have a nominated charity for whom we will be trying to raise as much...

Charity of the Year update: Middle Aged Men in Lycra!

As some of our clients will already be aware, this year we have a nominated charity for whom we will be trying to raise as much money as possible before 2015 comes to a close.

HaTS (Haematology and Transplant Support) are a fantastic organisation, completely run by volunteers, to provide extra support to patients and their families at the Haematology and Transplant Unit (HTU) situated in The Christie Hospital, Manchester. We have seen their excellent work first hand and will be doing everything we can for them in the coming months, keeping you updated on our mutual progress.

We were recently able to sponsor HaTS’ event at Manchester Velodrome, taking along a team of eight clients, connections and staff from Freedom, including directors Andy Nevett and Nick Heys.

It was a nerve racking start for all riders (especially for me, being scared of heights) and we had to follow the conclusion of the British University Championships! So we watched the next Bradley Wiggins and Dame Sarah Storey race round those 1:1 hairpin bends whilst we stretched our ageing muscles….gulp!

Then the thirty middle aged men and women clad in Lycra and safety helmets (some with elbow pads) began to perspire nervously. However, we were reassured by the expert training and advice that we received from “Geordie Russ” (British Vets sprint champion in 1980) to coax us round the “wall of death” which amounted to ‘if you go too slowly round the one in one bends, you will slide down and fall off!’ Because all the ambulances in Manchester are busy on a Saturday night, that is not a good idea… We were spurred on by the thought of raising money for HaTS and the taunts from our loving family and friends and so ventured out on the track.

 

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I am pleased to report that we all survived without any broken bones. It was an amazing way to experience the velodrome at the National Cycling Centre but, more importantly, it turned into a brilliant fundraiser for HaTS, with over £2,000 contributed to the charity. The event received such positive feedback that HaTS are hopeful of it running again later in the year, or in early 2016. Do let us know if you would be interested in joining us and we will try to reserve you a place.

IMG_6272As part of the event, HaTS also produced some bespoke, HaTS-branded cycling jerseys. These proved extremely popular, to the point where there are currently only five left. Freedom have sponsored the jerseys and, if you happen to be a cyclist and would like to purchase one of the remaining tops for £30 (with all money going to HaTS), the HaTS website has the details here.

We will keep you updated on all of our activities for HaTS throughout the year. If you are able to donate at any point then we and the charity would really appreciate whatever you feel able to give. You can head to our fundraising page to give whatever you can.

Thank you in advance for your support of this great cause!

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Growing Old Disgracefully

During April, we held our first Independent Thinking Event, ‘Growing Old Disgracefully’, with guest speakers Edwina Currie...

Growing Old Disgracefully

During April, we held our first Independent Thinking Event, ‘Growing Old Disgracefully’, with guest speakers Edwina Currie and Colum Wilde. The event, held at Stockport Golf Club, was aimed at raising awareness of the new pension freedom laws that came into force on April, 6th.

Former MP, Edwina Currie, took to the stage to speak animatedly about the media’s failure to represent the 65+ age group and shared personal anecdotes of managing her own mother’s care in later years.

Speaking following the event, Edwina said: “I’m delighted that Freedom Financial Planning decided to host this event, it’s important to raise awareness of the considerations for people aged 65 and over. More people are working longer and staying active than ever before, it’s something we shouldn’t ignore.”

Colum Wilde, founder and managing director of Clever Adviser, an investment software used by clients of Freedom Financial Planning also spoke at the event.

“This event was a great opportunity to use the new pension freedom laws to explain how individuals can use their retirement funds to live the life they want to lead without the fear of running out of money,” explained Colum.

“I was able to demonstrate the software Freedom Financial Planning uses to explain in more detail how this can be achieved,” he added.

With more than 50 attendees, the morning was a success and we look forward to inviting you to more Independent Thinking Events in the future.

All proceeds from the event went to Haematology and Transplant Support (HaTS). Below you can see Edwina Currie, Andy Nevett and Gill Evans, HaTS Treasurer, presenting a cheque.

 

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