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In the increasingly popular carol, O Holy Night, there is a line that has been resonating with me as we prepare for our second 'pandemic Christmas'....."The thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices"
"Exhausted", is how most people respond when asked how are you doing nowadays.
Weary of the lockdowns, the injustices, the double standards, bereavements, the insecurity and uncertainty.
Weary that in 2021, despite our best efforts to maximise income for people through our benefit/debt advice there is still need for emergency Foodbank use in our society.
We can do these things only because of our donors. You are amazing people of HOPE. Its one of the defences we have against overwhelming weariness. There are too many to thank personally, but this year hundreds of individuals and organisations who have been so generous. It is our funding relationships with schools, businesses and trusts, that has enabled us to put in place an ambitious strategy to not just treat the symptoms of poverty- but to work on its causes too.
This year has seen us move to our own premises which is very exciting and we expect to welcome even more of you into this space for workshops, courses and events in 2022. The New Year will see some new preventative projects announced and of course we will continue to meet the needs of people as they arise.
For those of us of Christian faith there is the chance to once again connect with the amazing truth that God dignifies the human condition so much that God became 'flesh' and Christ was born not in an exalted place, but in the poverty and chaos of a 'weary world'. Thank you to the churches who host one of our projects or support us in another way.
For everyone, of any faith or none, however you 'do' Christmas - I trust that there can be a moment somewhere in the festivities where we can draw a line under the weariness of a pretty tough year, and find some strength to start a kinder more humane New Year.
That is certainly my wish for you all as we, together, journey though this 'weary world'.
To all our staff, volunteers, trustees, donors, supporters, referral partners, service users, clients and members : may I wish you a very Happy Christmas.
Keep safe and keep in touch with us in the New Year.
Chief Executive, Compassion Acts
Reg. Charity 1172948