BRF staff came together from all over the country yesterday to celebrate the past year at Sunningwell Village Hall, not far from the charity's offices in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. It was a great opportunity to meet up in person and not just via a screen, after a year or even more of home-based working for many staff.
As well as a stylish afternoon tea with plenty of gorgeous cakes, pies, buns and sandwiches… there was a sing-along of carols old and new, plus some firm favourites from The Sound of Music!
Pride of place in the hall amid all the bunting was given to a Christmas tree complete with many 'bauble cards' bearing messages from BRF supporters, especially appreciated in this, our centenary year. For example:
With every blessing to you all at Christmas. Thank you for 100 years of blessings. Here’s to the next 100 years!
Your work for young, older, and in between people is valued the world over. In these uncertain times, may you have a peaceful and restful Christmas.
However, we're very aware that at this time of year not everyone is in a celebratory mood. We remember those for whom Christmas raises poignant memories of Christmases past, perhaps spent with loved ones no longer with us. With that in mind, do read our latest Reflection on Grief Awareness Week, this week.
BRF author Tony Horsfall, author of Grief Notes, shares wisdom hard won after losing his wife Evelyn to cancer during lockdown. He writes both for those who grieve and for the friends and family who want to help.
You might also like to browse the Church of England's resources for Advent and Christmas which include a Blue Christmas service.
Here's wishing you and all those you love and care for a Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.