Happy Christmas!

As another year draws to an end many of us will have time for reflection. Whilst I think I have achieved a good deal this year, I always believe I should have / could have done more! I'm trying not to be too hard on myself so that I can enjoy time with family and friends during the holiday season. I think it's essential to have a complete break, so as to return rested and full of enthusiasm for another busy year.

For those of you who find Christmas a challenging time as I do, I wish you peace and comfort. When my beautiful son was tragically killed on the road twenty years ago in mid December, I felt my world had come to an end. In time, I learned that to honour his memory I must take courage and live the best life I could, drawing strength from family and dear friends. My two little grandchildren are a source of great joy.

Last Saturday evening I had dinner with seven of my son's friends. One of the boys organised the event, they brought me flowers and it was wonderful to hear how they were flourishing, some with young families and also in their work lives, such fine young men. Many stories were told of times past, and it was wonderful for my daughter and myself to re-connect with Stuart's friends and to know that they will always remember him.

I wish you all a safe and happy Christmas, and a healthy and prosperous New Year. See you in 2015!

Best wishes,