Today, Friday 14 December, is Local Charities Day, an opportunity to reflect on the importance of strong local charities within our communities.
Local charities are run by local people who bring an extra passion and care to their work and an eagerness to support their local area and fellow citizens.
Local charities may be small but they bring an extra edge of commitment to making a difference and pour a much smaller percentage of their resources into administration costs.
So, when we get the chance, we should give our local charities all the support that we can.
Meanwhile, a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.