Another Christmas, another New Year – time to look back and reflect.
However, before I do that, I want to make special mention of a lady called Anne Mason, who will probably cringe when she reads this!
I met Anne in the Swansgate Centre recently when she supported our Christmas tombola, which was a record-breaking success. Anne kindly told me she loved reading my column to learn more about my life experiences but also those of our charity.
Anne was very complementary and talking to her reminded me of all the wonderful people we have had the privilege to meet and befriend this past year; thank you Anne.
Yes, this year has been as memorable as ever.
For me, personally, I have admired the way my best friend has come through her treatment for breast cancer and thank her for saying that without Crazy Hats, even though she is so involved, she would have found it harder to cope.
Of course, we have met many, many more breast cancer patients, and their carers, families and friends.
We do hope our support has helped them too.
May I thank the hundreds of people who have supported us – not forgetting, of course, the enormous support and help of our volunteers who have all worked tirelessly.
We have raised thousands of pounds, we have given over £80,000 to enhance services at both Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals and we have worked hard to improve our support and therapy sessions.
It has been hard work, but fun and so rewarding.
Looking ahead we will celebrate reaching £2 million!
We will be actively looking for new premises, donating more funds and, as always, be out and about with you, doing what is needed.
I wish all readers a very happy Christmas and a healthy and peaceful New Year.