Bumper cash boost for Barnsley Hospice from Lifetime-sponsored golf day

The sun shone, the smiles were broad, the putts (sometimes) dropped and the cash flowed as the Lifetime-sponsored Barnsley Hospice golf day proved to be another tremendous success.

Silkstone Golf Club was the superb venue for teams from all over the Barnsley borough, who revelled in the lovely atmosphere and raised thousands of pounds for the hospice.

Said Lifetime Communications Director William Bottomley: “This is the seventh successive year that Lifetime has been a sponsor of the hospice golf day – the last six as main sponsors – and once again it was a huge success, really enjoyable. And the weather was absolutely fantastic!

“Thank you to all the teams and companies who took part and supported the hospice, raising vital funds for such a great cause.”

Before the golf swung into action, Lifetime director Bill presented Barnsley Hospice Corporate findraiser Simon Atkinson with a cheque raised from our hospice referral scheme (

Here are plenty of other pictures, including all the teams, from a great day (courtesy of Lifetimer Annabelle Dickinson):






New research suggests at least £260,000 now needed to fund retirement

Retirees now need at least £260,000 in their pension pot to avoid an ‘uncomfortable retirement’.

That figure – which has increased from £150,000 back in 2002 – makes up part of the findings from new research carried out by retirement provider Royal London.

And the £260,000 figure will spiral even further upwards for those people who rent properties over the long term, says the company.

The findings have been published in Royal London’s new policy paper ‘Will we ever summit the Pensions Mountain?’ – and former government pensions minister Steve Webb, now Royal London’s director of policy, says that most people currently saving in the government’s auto enrolment scheme were likely to accumulate only half of the target amounts.

Royal London have based their research on an average person needing to generate an income of just over £9,000 a year to top up their state pension at 65. To achieve that income – with some protection from inflation – the company states that the person will have to save £260,000.

And Royal London have emphasised that younger people who fail to go on and buy their own home – and therefore face a lifetime of rent costs – will have to save far more than the £260,000.

Royal London said it expected that around one in three retirees would eventually be renting, and would typically need to find £6,554 a year to pay private landlords, which would mean that, on top of the £260,000, they would need a further £185,000 to fund their retirement.

Lifetime clients pay tribute to Ken’s sterling service

Mortgage Adviser Ken Abbott and the hard-working Lifetime mortgage team have received a lovely testimonial from happy clients.

The clients, Richard and Natalie, praised the work put in by Ken (pictured below) and his colleagues, which made getting their mortgage ‘virtually stress free’.

The testimonial reads:

“Lifetime was recommended to us by a family member, who’d had a great experience with them before. Our mortgage adviser was Ken, and we couldn’t be happier with the service he’s provided. He has answered all of our queries and questions, listened to what we wanted an has given us great advice.

“The fact that Ken is both friendly and knowledgeable meant that we were able to ask absolutely anything and know we’d get an honest and helpful answer. We have been kept up-to-date and informed throughout the process even when Ken was on holiday. The advice given was very clear and helpful from everyone at the company, which has made getting the mortgage virtually stress free.

“The mortgage we’ve ended up with suits our needs perfectly and is even cheaper than we expected. We would definitely recommend Lifetime and Ken to anyone, it has been a very positive experience.”

– Richard & Natalie


Teams looking forward to teeing off at Lifetime-sponsored Barnsley Hospice golf day

The countdown to the 2018 Lifetime-sponsored Barnsley Hospice Golf Day is now well and truly on.

The teams are gearing up to take part in the popular charity event, which is again being held at Silkstone Golf Club, on Friday, May 18 (12 noon start).

As well as being the main sponsors of the event – for the sixth successive year – Lifetime has also put forward a team, which will be led by directors Ian Dickinson and William Bottomley and also featuring financial planners Paul Lee and Paul Bassinder.

Lifetimer Miles enjoys first exam success on road to becoming financial planner

Lifetime trainee financial planner Miles Myers is one happy young man!

Miles  (pictured below) has been studying hard in the last few months – and that hard work paid off with a notable exam success.

Miles passed his RO1 (Financial Services, Regulation & Ethics) exam this week.

Well done Miles!

It’s a half marathon – not a sprint! Planning for performance….

Back in February, I wrote a blog post about setting goals.  One of the goals I’d set for the year back then was to complete the Sheffield Half Marathon.  At the time I didn’t have a target time, I just wanted to finish.  I knew that my other goal, to complete all of my financial planning exams by August, was definitely going to have an impact on the amount of time I’d be able to spend training.  So it was clear that I would need a plan.  Thankfully, I managed to find a Lucozade Half Marathon training plan that would be able to get me ready in just three runs per week.

As this was my first half marathon, I didn’t have a target time to begin with.  But this all changed when I found out that my colleague, Scott Kershaw, in the mortgage department, had run the same race in 2015 with a finishing time of 1:38!  Suddenly a competitive urge took over me and I felt like I needed to beat Scott.

On the day of the half marathon, the planning didn’t end.  Although the time for training was over, I still needed a plan of attack for the race.

Thankfully, the pacers on the race made this a lot easier.  I just needed to stay in between the pacers with the 1:35 and 1:40 flags.  And hopefully, I’d be able to accelerate towards the 1:35 pacer in the last couple of miles.

Trainee Financial Planner James Fisher with his medal after the Sheffield Half Marathon 2018, looking happy that the planning and hard work paid off.

The race report

The race itself was a roller-coaster of an experience.  Initially, stood in the pen waiting to start, I was full of nervous anticipation.  A ten minute delay caused by a ‘police incident’ only added to the tension.  But after the countdown that anticipation turned into excitement and I had to control myself to avoid shooting out of the block like a greyhound and ruining my race.

The Sheffield Half Marathon is a tough run, most of the first five miles being uphill.  As I made my way up towards Ringinglow on the edge of the Peak District my excitement slowly faded away as I started to doubt whether I’d ever get to the top.  Thankfully, the people of Sheffield lining the route helped to spur me and all the other runners on with music, banners and jelly beans!

Finally, the course levelled off and I felt exhilarated by the beautiful views across Sheffield to the left and the Peak District to the right.  From here it was going to be almost all down hill.  I sped up, sticking to my plan to stay between the 1:35 and 1:40 pacers and really enjoyed the next few miles.

Once I got to about the eight-mile mark, things took another turn.  My legs started threatening to cramp up and I felt like I might be beaten!  I started to slow down, and I wondered whether a sub 1:40 finish would ever be possible.  With around two miles left to go, the 1:40 pacers caught me up.  This gave me the boost I needed, along with the jelly babies and orange slices from kind spectators.

Before I knew it the finish lane was in sight, and the guys with the 1:40 flags were cheering me on.  I crossed the finish line feeling shattered but with a great sense of achievement.

Did the planning pay off?

So, did all that training, planning and hard work pay off?  I finished the race in 1:38:37, which I was really pleased with.  But I was still 5 second slower than Scott.  Maybe I’ll have to beat him next time!

James Fisher's Sheffield Half Marathon 2018 Route and Results (1:38:37)


Lifetimer James chalks up another exam success

Lifetimer James Fisher has taken another notable step towards realising a major ambition – that of establishing himself as a fully qualified financial planner with the company.

James (pictured below), is one of a number of trainee financial planners at Lifetime, and as well as his normal workload he has been studying hard for exams.

That painstaking revision paid off last week as James passed his RO3 (Personal Taxation) exam.

Well done young man!

A big thank-you as Lifetime are put in ‘Supporter Spotlight’ by Barnsley Hospice

Lifetime has been featured on a press release – and video – that has been put together by Barnsley Hospice and their PR partner Capital B Media, which has been entitled ‘Supporter Spotlight’.

Lifetime has donated over £18,000 to Barnsley Hospice over the the past eight years and on the video (which can be seen below) our director Bill, together with hospice corporate fundraiser Simon Atkinson, talk about how we’ve helped and what our support means to the hospice.

Meanwhile, the press release reads:

Dodworth-based financial planners Lifetime have generated a ‘wealth’ of funds for Barnsley Hospice through their continued support of the charity.

The firm has raised £18,422 since 2010, with the majority coming from its successful referral scheme.

The total has also been boosted through sponsorship of the charity’s mascot, Oscar, and of the annual Barnsley Hospice Golf Day, which returns to Silkstone Golf Club on Friday 18 May.

William Bottomley, co-director of Lifetime, said: “When we were looking to adopt a local charity back in 2010, Barnsley Hospice was a bit of a no-brainer for us. Every one of us in the business has been touched by them in some way, and they are at the centre of community life here in Barnsley, so it was a perfect match for us to support them.

“It was fantastic to be told that we’ve raised over £18,000 so far and in the next few years, our aim is to double that. We have a great relationship with Barnsley Hospice and it’s a brilliant connection to have.”

Every time a new client is introduced to Lifetime, the company donates ten per cent of initial fees generated on new transactions to Barnsley Hospice.

The money raised helps the charity provide specialist care for anyone in Barnsley with a life-limiting illness, including cancer, motor neurone disease and heart disease.

Simon Atkinson, corporate fundraiser at Barnsley Hospice, said: “The support from Lifetime over the last few years has been incredible, but it was still a surprise when we totted up their total and realised they’ve donated over £18,000.

“From 2010 when they made their first donation of £250 in lieu of company Christmas cards, to today’s brilliantly successful referral scheme and their continued sponsorship of our Golf Day, we’re extremely grateful for everything they do for us. We’d like to say a big, big thank you to everyone at Lifetime on behalf of all the staff and volunteers at Barnsley Hospice.”

Donations from the Barnsley business community help the hospice raise the £2.2m it needs each year to care for patients and their families. A further £1.6m is provided by the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

  • Lifetime have sponsored the Barnsley Hospice Golf Day every year since 2012. For more information about the event, which costs £45 per person or £180 for a team of four, contact Martyn Hughes on 01226 244244 or email
  • Barnsley Hospice is based in Gawber and provides specialist care for anyone in Barnsley with a life-limiting illness. It has ten beds for inpatient care and provides day care at the on-site Limes Support and Therapy Centre. For more information about Barnsley Hospice go to or call 01226 244244.
  • Lifetime has a head office in Barnsley, employing over 50 staff, and a second office in Driffield, East Yorkshire. Clients are throughout the UK. The company’s referral scheme runs across the country and has so far raised a total of £32,200 for 21 hospices. For more information about Lifetime visit

Lifetimer Joe delighted with exam success

Lifetime’s Customer Service Administrator and trainee Financial Planner Joe Musson is one happy chap!

Joe (pictured below) has been studying furiously in the last few months – and that hard graft paid off with a terrific exam success.

Joe passed his RO2 (Investment, Principles and Risk) exam this week.

Well done young man!

Lifetime donations to Barnsley Hospice top £18,000

Lifetime’s highly successful referral scheme is helping boost the coffers of hospices up and down the country.

The main beneficiary of the scheme is Barnsley Hospice – and Corporate Fundraiser Simon Atkinson, along with Mary Ferguson from PR firm Capital B Media, popped into Lifetime’s Dodworth headquarters on Thursday morning to reveal the fact that the financial management company has so far raised over £18,000.

That money has been raised through the referral scheme as well as Lifetime’s sponsorship of the hospice’s annual golf day, and mascot Oscar.

Lifetime director William Bottomley, pictured below with fundraiser Simon, is delighted with the close relationship the company has with the hospice.

“Barnsley Hospice is our charity of choice in our local community and we are thrilled to help them in any way we can. They do an absolute fantastic job.”

Simon added: “We are so grateful to our good friends at Lifetime for the regular donations we receive from their referral scheme. It is a fantastic initiative.

“We were delighted to say a special thank you to our friends at Lifetime whose amazing support over the last few years has totalled over £18,000.

“We had fun filming with the team there this morning…look out for a special video coming soon!”

This latest hospice cheque took the Lifetime Referral Scheme total to over £32,200.

Meanwhile, Lifetime is again sponsoring the annual Barnsley Hospice Golf Day at Silkstone GC.

This year the event will take place on Friday, May 18.