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Challenge Winners Announced

The winners in the 2014/2015 LaterLife Challenge have been announced.

It is congratulations of course to everyone who entered this popular event – we have been overwhelmed by the amazing range of activities so many of you are involved in; how many of you have overcome physical, financial and emotional odds to re-establish enjoyable and worthwhile lives for yourselves; of how many have grasped the new opportunities modern retirement can bring.

Our judges, led by LaterLife founder Tony Clack and Blue Peter icon Valerie Singleton, had a really tough time but finally the results have been announced.

The Overall Winner is:

Annie Makepeace, 66, a retired teacher from Northwich.

It was a close run thing, but in the end Annie’s activities, which included setting up an out of school and holiday club, involvement in a local drama group including winning Cheshire Theatre Guild Adjudicators Award; joining a CAMRA team, becoming Parish Chairman; training as a defribillator operator, singing in a rock choir, forming a gardening club for her village and learning Dutch while in hospital, helped gain her the overall title.

Regional Winners:

It is huge congratulations as well to our regional winners:

Wales and Midlands

Winner: Stratford’s Ruth Baker, 82, of Stratford whose retirement activities include learning Spanish and Japanese, translating Pilgrim’s Progress into Modern English, playing violin in the local orchestra and giving concerts and helping at a local food bank.

South East

Winner: Pete Robertson, 64, of Romsey whose activities include walking across the Pyrenees, climbing the Munros high mountains in Scotland; going right around the world on container ships; obtaining a Master of Research in Archaeology degree with Distinction and scuba diving.

South West

Winner: Chris Tormey,73, from Newent whose activities include learning dog grooming, becoming Vice Chairman of his Parish Council, building a demonstration track for the Model Electronic Railway Group and contributing in various ways to several wildlife and conservation trusts

Eastern Region

Winner: Kerry King, 70, a retired lecturer from Manningtree whose activities include writing and producing local plays and pantomimes, setting up new Council initiatives and helping with the local Royal British Legion, being a birth mother and learning to ride a motorbike. Interestingly her husband, Martin Rayner was runner up in this region.


Winner: Christine Ainley, 67, of Moray whose range of activities include Zumba dancing, yoga, cycle, Scottish Country dancing, talking, volunteering at a local Job Club, moving 200 miles for a new life; travelling, obtaining a post graduate certificate in emotional education, writing books and developing facilities to help others in self acceptance, and self awareness.

At the moment LaterLife is travelling around the country presenting the awards and in future weeks we will be publishing pictures and full details of some of the entries, not just the winners, but from many of you who have a really interesting story about how to manage retirement.

In the meantime keep the information coming – we love to hear about what you are doing and how you are getting on. Retirement can be very challenging and learning what others are doing can be inspirational and really help broaden our horizons.

Thank you everyone for sharing your stories with us.

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