ALONG with many other families, last week we spent time taking down Christmas decorations, making visits to the recycling centre and writing our thank you letters.
Here are a few more.
Thank you to the volunteers who provided the warmth of human kindness as well as hot meals and a roof over the heads of homeless people of all ages and women fleeing domestic violence, not just this Christmas but over the past twelve months as well.
Thank you to the people who donated what they could to people less fortunate than themselves. Thank you to the volunteers who visited or welcomed a lonely person into their home.
Thank you to the Mission to Seafarers who collected, wrapped and delivered 119 presents to crews of ships, far from home and moored on the Fal or out in the bay.
Thank you to all those people who popped into their neighbours to check that they were ok during the dreadful weather. Thank you to the emergency services who gave up time with their families over the holidays. Thank you to the Environment Agency and Cornwall Council emergency support staff who have had to deal with some exceptional weather conditions and have prevented much flooding. Thank you to the choir members, musicians, clergy and congregations who enabled us all the chance to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.
A final thank you to the many constituents who have contacted me over the past 12 months.
I cannot do my job in representing you without you letting me know what you think about the considerable challenges facing us all. I look forward to meeting many more constituents in 2013 and working hard with you to complete the task of rescuing our economy and putting it onto a sustainable footing for our children and grandchildren.
Working with local people to tackle and overcome problems is the most rewarding part of my work – nothing short of a privilege – to work with people who want to make such a positive difference to our community, country or other parts of the world.
It is worth recalling what many were saying this time last year. That the Olympics would be a disaster, that the Games were a waste of money and it was best to leave the country. There will always be those that believe our best years as a country are behind us, but I am not one of them. I don't doubt the tough times we are living through will continue for some time. It took more than a decade to make the problems we are now having to sort out. I believe what we saw in 2012 was the spirit of our nation shine through the gloom. From the Games-makers to the athletes and the thousands of others involved – all were doing their best. In 2013 we all need to keep that spirit alive by allowing ourselves to listen to the good news that is all around us – just not often reported.