Witnessing her granny’s deteriorating health, The Joy Club’s founder, Hannah Thomson, was struck by how – as a society – we are not doing enough to support people in later life. Right now, we treat age-related illness only once it takes hold, often extending life expectancy at the expense of quality of life.
Instead, we should be focusing on keeping people well for as long as possible, and ensuring that everyone can enjoy an active retirement. Sadly, budget is often a huge barrier to us remaining active and independent in our later years, meaning that a healthy lifestyle may seem like a luxury we can’t afford.
That’s why Hannah created The Joy Club – a membership site that supports members to afford a more active retirement. Members gain access to a wide variety of activities that support their physical and mental wellbeing – all at a deep discount (and sometimes even for free!) – meaning that a limited budget won’t get in the way of enjoying your retirement.
Join the Club today and start enjoying a more happy, healthy retirement.
About me: My name is David Hoyle, I’m 68 and I live in Handforth, Cheshire. For most of my working life I was a police officer. When I retired from the force, I worked as a steward / car park attendant at sporting events and county shows.
Likes: I enjoy reading, doing jigsaws and crossword puzzles as I find they keep my brain active. I also enjoy upcycling old furniture, and I like keeping active – I go for at least an hour’s walk every day.
Dislikes: I am not a person who sits watching daytime television all day.
My advice to live by: Always tell the truth – telling lies can come back to haunt you.
About me: My name is Keji Dixon, I am 71 years old (I still cannot believe it). I live in South East London and have done so for over 45 years. I love spending time with family and friends. If I could have my time again I would love to be a Human Rights Lawyer.
Likes: My likes are my Christian Faith, drama, punctuality, classical music, reading, dancing, drama, laughter and having fun and equality and justice.
Dislikes: My dislikes are cold callers, lateness, rudeness, arrogance, and swearing.
My advice to live by: I get up early and begin each day with a prayer of thanks and praise. Life is to be lived. I try to see the good and the beauty in everyone and everything. When things get me down I remember the song “Don’t worry about a thing, cause every little thing’s gonna be alright”. That makes me smile and dance and I try to make the most of life.
About me: My name is Keith Barnes, I’m 66 and I live alone in Brighton. I have a long-term partner, but we live in separate cities. I was retired from a job as Sales Director at a large publishing house and am now very happily employed as a Bikeability Instructor training kids and adults to ride their bikes safely on roads. When we were younger, it was called Cycling Proficiency.
I get out on my bike most days and I hope that my cycle touring days are not over, but we’ll have to see what happens post-Covid.
I am a season ticket holder at Brighton and Hove Albion FC and have been for many years, even though I was brought up in London as a Spurs fan.
Likes: I love to travel and speak passable French, and living here in Brighton makes travel to France very easy. I am particularly keen on Turkey as my summer holiday destination and I have as many City Breaks as I can in Europe. I enjoy going to galleries and museums as well as restaurants and bars.
My advice to live by: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
About me: My name is Jillian Cox, I’m 71-years-old and I live in a small town in West Yorkshire. I worked in the NHS for over 50 years, where I was a highly specialised Neurophysiology Technologist (this involved scanning people’s general nervous systems to get a diagnosis). I’ve worked at various hospitals in my career, including Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. I have two children, two grandchildren, two step grandchildren and one due in January.
Likes: I love meeting up with different friends for coffee and catch-ups, and I’m a member of a Book Club which has been going now for more than two years. I love my garden but am finding it hard to maintain now, although my biggest passion is going on holiday bus tours and cruises. I took my last holiday on my own and went to Australia for a month.
Dislikes: I dislike cooking (even more so lockdown), cruelty, bad manners and swearing.
My advice to live by: Honesty.
About me: My name is Carol Berridge, I’m 71-years-old and I live in Hillingdon. I have five children, nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. I enjoy spending time with them all, although the different age groups can be rather challenging at times! I’m now retired, but I worked as a mental health support worker for 15 years.
Likes: I like spending time with my family, watching crime dramas and keeping up with latest news and trends.
Dislikes: I do not like injustices of any kind and believe in second chances.
My advice to live by: Tomorrow is never promised so be kind and don’t put off what you can do today.
About me: My name is Mary; I’m 73 and I live in South West London. I’ve actually lived all over the place – between Catford and Beckenham, Macclesfield in Cheshire, Petts Wood, Bromley and now Brixton. My origins are in the West Country, however, being born in Lyme Regis, Dorset. In a previous life (before retirement) I was originally a typesetter. This was way before the days of Apple Macs and desktop publishing. I don’t go back as far as hot metal, but the original typesetting machines were nothing like we all use now. I’ve also worked in Sales. The last job I had was selling private medical insurance, although I cut my sales teeth on selling double glazing – it’s not an easy job!
Likes: It’s all about family for me. I enjoy spending time with my daughter, my granddaughter and my great grandsons, and until this year, travelling was my biggest passion. I have done a six-week journey through Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, and Malaysia back to Singapore, and I also took just under two months travelling from KL to Bali, Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand and home again. I also love musical theatre and dining out for lunch!
My advice to live by: Only look back nostalgically on happy memories. I think the saddest words in the English language are “If only…..”, so I try never to say or think them. What’s done is done so look to the future and enjoy it while you can.
Hannah founded The Joy Club in 2019, inspired by her grandmother’s experience of ageing to focus on increasing healthy life expectancy for all. She previously held key roles in several award-winning startups, including femtech company Elvie where she was Head of Health and Strategic Partnerships. Hannah has degrees in human rights and business practices in life sciences – and is a graduate of the Oxford University Fintech Programme. Her multidisciplinary background reflects a deep commitment to realising health as a human right and an understanding of the financial drivers of health outcomes.
Sarah is the PR and Marketing Manager for The Joy Club – a role that allows her to combine her passion for building a more fair and equal society with her expertise in designing and delivering creative comms strategies. Sarah has previously held positions in healthcare marketing and communications organisations and within the creative industries. An experienced theatre-maker, she has produced critically acclaimed shows in London and across the UK. She holds a master’s degree in Psychological Research Methods from the University of Exeter.
As Partner Acquisition Manager for The Joy Club, Clare is passionate about delivering a range of activities to bring our members joy. She is experienced in securing partnerships that delight a range of demographics, across consumer and business audiences, at local, national and international levels. Clare’s previous roles have included sourcing at-home learning opportunities and family days out for Virgin Experience Days and developing enticing events for Fairmont The Palm, Dubai. Clare’s unique approach to partnerships development builds on her diverse experience across sales, customer care, communications and PR.
Before joining The Joy Club as Head of Product, Rachel held key positions in a range of companies at varied stages of growth – delivering products within the media, e-commerce and finance industries. She held the sole product role in fintech startup Goji, supporting product build from ideation through to their Series A. She combines her passion for creating great products with her commitment to driving positive social change. Rachel holds a first-class degree in Business and Computer Science from Aston University.
Abbi held multiple customer-facing positions at early-stage start-ups, before joining The Joy Club. She started her career at onefinestay, a luxury home rental business, before moving to a social enterprise as one of the first employees at WhiteHat GB and their first Customer Success Manager. Abbi has a passion for delighting customers and helping businesses to thrive and grow by nurturing their client base. This experience she brings to her role, overseeing both customers and partner relationships at The Joy Club.
Sophie’s career has been centred around building strong relationships. She began her career at an Airbnb-management startup as a Client Success Manager, driving customer retention and fulfilment. She then moved to a managed IT service provider as an Account Manager, from which she gained extensive experience working with businesses of all sizes and verticals. At The Joy Club, Sophie uses her relationship-building skills to develop meaningful partnerships, which ultimately make a positive difference to the lives of our members. Sophie holds a BSc (Hons) in Sociology from the University of Bath.
Tania Boler is the Chair of the Board of The Joy Club and was the company’s first angel investor. She is the Founder CEO of Elvie, one of the fastest growing companies in the UK. Since founding Elvie in 2013, Tania has built a team of over 100 digital, hardware and commercial staff. She has launched two innovative technology products, winning several awards – most recently one of TIME’s top 100 inventions of 2019. Prior to founding Elvie, Tania worked as the Head of Innovation for Marie Stopes International and held multiple senior positions in global NGOs and the United Nations. Tania has a PhD in Epidemiology from Stanford University.
British-Lebanese entrepreneur and investor Alex is an advisor to The Joy Club, which sits within his portfolio of investments geared towards delivering positive social and environmental impact. Alex founded Zulu Group to invest in and build ambitious, disruptive and sustainable products to upgrade humanity and heal the planet. He is the founder of mobile technology company Jawbone, the co-founder of femtech company Elvie and is currently an active partner and advisor to European tech companies Lilium and Chance. He is a Stanford alumnus, with expertise in product design and engineering.
Vas is an investor and advisor to The Joy Club, a recent addition to the angel investment portfolio that he’s built over the last ten years. He is a Partner at St James’s Place Wealth Management, where he provides financial and wealth management advice to his clients – including on how best to financially prepare for and manage retirement. As a visiting lecturer at King’s College London since 2018, he shares the extensive knowledge that he accumulated during two decades in trading, in roles including Managing Director for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Vas has an MBA from London Business School.