Time to remember that, although many will be celebrating over this coming week, some will not, and in 8 days time, many will be lonely, be stressed, and/or be isolated, whilst people with long-term or acute mental health problems may lack essential support.
Here is a link to 12 tips to help end loneliness this Christmas, and bear in mind that more than 11,000 Samaritans volunteers will be working 123,000 hours over this 'festive season' to listen to people with problems, and to provide support (website). The national Samaritans Helpline can be called free on 0800 116123, and Hastings Samaritans are available on 01424 436666 (local charges).
Here's wishing the people of Hastings have an excellent time over the next couple of weeks, and that those who do need help and support receive that help and support.
Best wishes and peace to all, and thanks to those who work to keep us safe in the NHS and Emergency Services, those working in essential services, and to the volunteers!