I spend my retirement saving lives in Africa

We spoke to Dr Keith Thomson who has achieved some extraordinary things in his retirement. If Dr Keith Thomson’s father had had his way, he would have gone into the family business working for DC Thomson, the company behind legendary comics like ‘Beano’ and ‘Dandy’. But for the 67-year-old former NHS anaesthetist, the funny books were not his vocation. “I …

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So what was the cost of Christmas?

Christmas presents and biscuits

Now that the festivities are over, we take a look at the cost of Christmas and ask whether you have considered the cost of loss or damage of your new gifts both in and out of the home. Virgin Money Home Insurance customers would be pleased to know that  we automatically increase cover for religious festivals and birthdays on our …

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Meet the man who spent his retirement building a museum


Introducing Steve Davies, whose love of dinosaurs has led to an interesting retirement When you think of retirement you tend to think of a break from work and a time to relax. That wasn’t the case for Steve, who opened the doors to Dinosaurland Fossil Museum in 1995, housing 113 exhibits. Twenty years later, he has 10,632. After resigning from …

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2016 UK Flood Appeal

Flood appeal

The Prince’s Countryside Fund is working alongside The Prince’s Business Emergency Resilience Group, an initiative of Business in the Community to support the communities, farmers and businesses affected by the unprecedented and devastating flooding affecting large parts of the UK, in particular Northern England and Scotland. Please support our appeal to help these communities by making a donation through the …

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How I Used My Retirement To Become Kindle’s Bestselling UK Author

Open book

62-year-old Sheila Rodgers decided to explore a new passion when she retired, with incredible results. Rachel Abbott (the pen name of Shelia Roberts) never thought this would happen to her. The 62-year-old was born Sheila Rodgers and until five years ago, she’d never put pen to paper other than to sign the contract to sell the interactive media company she’d …

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How A Retired Dentist Became The World’s Fastest 96-Year-Old

World's fastest 96- year old

We speak to Dr Charles Eugster about his inspirational retirement story. Dr Charles Eugster, a 96-year-old retired dentist and keen rower, started to discover that his body was deteriorating. “I decided my body needed more muscle,” he reveals, “so I joined a bodybuilding club and hired a previous Mr Universe to train me.” His trainer taught him more about workout …

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Virgin Money to Sponsor London Marathon until 2020

As Virgin Money Giving celebrates its sixth birthday, it announces the continuation of London Marathon sponsorship until the 40th marathon. With over £344 million – £417 million including Gift Aid – donated through the fundraising website since 2009, charities are better off with an estimated extra £12.8 million going to causes compared to the same amount raised on Just Giving. It …

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