Happy new year

Writing on 1 January is a time to reflect on the year just ended and the year to come.  Our family has now come to the end of our first year without Carol and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our friends – old and new – for the help and support we received over the last year.

Reflecting on how our charitable work developed, it far exceeded anything we ever thought possible.  To date we have raised almost £40,000 to support our local hospice charity whilst our target was £35,000  – and we thought that overly ambitious!  In addition, some of our initiatives have taken hold more widely than we could have ever expected.  Hair for Hospices last August caught the popular imagination locally, around the UK and abroad.  This event alone raised about £25,000 for hospices around the UK and I cannot put a figure on the sum raised for hospices around the world in Canada, USA, Brazil, Israel and more.  People in more than 50 countries continue to read this blog, from Austria to Zimbabwe, Brazil to Thailand and more.

Hair for Hospices 2013 was recently launched in the UK and will run from 1 – 28 October.  Hospice Care Week has recently been announced by Help the Hospices and will run from 7 – 13 October and it is hoped that this overlap will encourage even more support this year.  I have already heard from a number of hospices planning to be involved and groups of hospices are now forming to hold co-ordinated events in particular areas.  This is really encouraging so early on in the run up to the next event.

The recently held Recitals for Hospices in Reading has also attracted some attention from others around the UK and beyond so perhaps this may also become another growing event to raise the awareness of the need for and support for hospices.

There is an expression in our faith that the memory of a deceased person should be for a blessing.  The love and support we have experienced and the help hospices have received as a result clearly shows that this is so for Carol.  No one should be denied the comfort and support of a hospice in their time of need and with your continued help we will take this forward to help more hospices in Carol’s memory.

Thank you once again and may you be blessed with a year of health and happiness.

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