For me, as for many others, Christmas seems to have crept up on me again this year!  One minute it was the start of the school term, and what feels like 5 minutes later, its time to haul the Christmas tree out again and spend a considerable amount of time untangling miles of Christmas lights!

For many of us – updating our audited or examined accounts to Companies House adds a bit of festive pressure – with 31st December deadline not far away – if you haven’t done yours yet, you need to make sure you put it in your diary to complete on time.  Don’t forget, the deadline for the Charities Commission is at the end of January.

Many local organsiations close during Christmas – taking a well deserved break for a week or so, however, there are of course lots organisations who stay open.  Hammermith & Fulham Council are also again providing a wonderful Christmas Day event for up to 250 local older people who would otherwise be on their own – see the article in the newsletter about how you could help. Homelessness and rough sleeper organisations, FoodBank, faith groups, advice services and many othersall continue to open their doors and support our residents with an often literal lifeline of support and assistance.  Thank you for your continued hard work and efforts – I am, as always, inspired by the commitment, hard work and dedication of your staff and volunteers.

Wishing everyone a peaceful and restful Christmas and New Year.