On this special day we should remember those less fortunate than ourselves. My experience with the Salvation Army in Newcastle, and the Soroptimists, who are another world-wide volunteer service organisation, which are also very active in Tynedale, has been able to bring toys and good cheer to so many local children who are not so lucky. We collected over 400 toys for local kids. My thanks to everyone who donated to our Buy one more toy Appeal. The Salvation Army will be open and busy on Christmas Day. They do an amazing job.
Also a note of thanks to the many public sector workers, who will be working hard over the holidays. More often than not they are the low paid women caring for our elderly relatives, or those giving extra support, helping our children to learn to read and write. The policemen, the firemen, the doctors, the nurses, the porters, the cleaners. We all owe them a great debt.