On behalf of Tameside Council I would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas.
Christmas is a special time for many of us. Lots of people use the festive break to get away from the daily pressures we all face, whether those pressures are at home or work.
In particular, many of us use the festive period to spend time together with friends and family – reconnecting the bonds and relationships that mean so much to each of us.
As Christians prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ we should also take time to remember those across the borough who feel vulnerable or are suffering at this time of year.
I know many people already look out for their neighbours. But I would encourage each and every resident to take the time to check on a neighbour; give them a call and make sure they’re ok.
Times are still difficult and we know there’s not a lot of spare money around. So I would like to pay particular tribute to the many people, voluntary groups, churches and charities in Tameside who will be looking after those alone or homeless this Christmas time.
I wrote a blog on Foodbanks last week and how they have been a lifeline for some of the most vulnerable children and families in Tameside in recent years. With this in mind please consider making an extra donation which could make the difference for a Tameside family over the festivities.
We often take our public services for granted and expect them to be there for us whenever we need them, no matter the time of day let alone the time of year. So we should also pay tribute to those who will be working over Christmas and the New Year so that the rest of us can have an enjoyable break.
In particular the NHS, the police, our fire & ambulance services; council workers and our armed services – thank you for your dedication and service.
Have a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.