As we dive deeper into 2021, here is your next instalment of our ‘5 to 9’ team update! 
With a name inspired by the things we have been doing outside of working hours, here you will find plenty of social activities, team achievements and personal touches. This ‘5 to 9’ post is shared by Gabby.

 

As restrictions have started to ease and the summer sunshine has been in full force, the boosst team have continued to embrace their 5 to 9s!

Dawn has been keeping as active as ever, with running taking up almost every weekend! Each Saturday Dawn heads out for a morning 5k with her son Isaac and can then often be found running with the Milton Keynes Redway Runners. One of Dawn’s favourite runs in the last couple of months was the MK24 – a unique event in which runners have to see how far they can get in 24 hours! The event can be run as a team and Dawn ended up doing the early morning hours stint, finishing her leg at 4:30am!

Dawn is also a brilliant supporter of her fellow runners and often volunteers at events to help marshal the course and cheer on the participants. In June, Dawn volunteered at the MK Rocket Run and Half Marathon where she cheered home 1,600 runners! With COVID restrictions playing havoc with large events we decided not to enter a boosst Marathon Relay team this year and we’re saving ourselves for 2022!

 

Josh and I have also been enjoying a bit of sport (but from the spectator side this time). In July, we managed to get tickets to Wimbledonand were treated to the Men’s Doubles Semi-finals and Mixed Doubles Quarter Finals on Court 1. Before we could even appreciate the tennis, we were mesmerised by the speed and efficiency of the ball girls and boys, especially as we later discovered the average age for a ball girl/boy is just 15! We were lucky that the games on our court were nail bitingly close, so we got to see a huge amount of tennis played… with plenty of time for Pimms and strawberries!

 

 

Keith, Josh and Linda also had a fantastic result last month, as the mighty Harlequins won the Premiership! Harlequins carried the lead at half-time and went on to win what has been described as the “greatest ever Premiership final“. Not too shabby considering they had to fight back from 28-0 down against Bristol the week before to win the semi-final in the biggest ever comeback in premiership history. I did ask Josh and Keith to let me know which match was better to be at but they couldn’t call it! It’s probably fair to say that both are in their top-5 best sporting days of their lives!

 

In July, we had another social for the boosst team – this time it was a virtual art class with a local company called Liquid Art! This idea was initially met with a bit of apprehension from the team, as there aren’t many finance people who are also talented artists in this world! But, as ever, the boosst team embraced the challenge, and rolled up their sleeves! We were each delivered our canvases, art supplies and palette ahead of the class and had opted to paint a beautiful picture of the office from the view of the rowing boat (see below!). We had each saved our newspapers so we could cover every inch of our dining room tables (and floor) from the inevitable paint spillages. Rachel was our artist instructor for the evening and talked us through each step, from the pencil line drawing to the final details of the trees. She was absolutely fantastic, and we all felt much more confident in our artistic abilities by the end of the class (even Nick!).

As you might have spotted from the picture above, we have a new face in the boosst team – meet Laura our new Paraplanner. Laura has joined boosst with strong pension knowledge from her previous role, and will be working alongside Mel, Nick and Chloe to provide technical support to our Financial Planners. She has slotted into the team incredibly well and it’s hard to imagine a time without her infectious laugh on our morning huddles!

 

As the summer sunshine is here, the team have also been enjoying some time away from home now that restrictions allow. In May, Chloe went to the Isle of White for a few days with her fiancé Ben. They explored the beautiful beach in Bembridge which houses one of the RNLI Tamar Lifeboats – they took the picture below which I’m convinced is somewhere far more exotic!

 

Mel also spent a week enjoying some beautiful scenery along the coastal paths on a camping and hiking holiday with his partner Fran. On the first day they walked 9 miles from Minehead to Porlock Weir, then completed an 11 mile walk up a 1,200 metre ascent to enjoy views of Lynmouth Harbour. Their final day culminated in a 13 mile walk up 1,300 metres of Combe Martin – the highest point across the whole coastal path.

 

It’s so lovely to be able to hear about everyone getting back to normal. We hope you and your families are staying safe and well, and that you are also able to start enjoying some more of the freedoms. As always, we are here if you need us.