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I have just read the Christmas edition of Heart and Soul – our quarterly magazine.  Even though I have the privilege of being CEO of the organisation, I still find it both inspiring and exciting to read the stories of what happens in our homes and schemes where life, even in its later stages, is so often lived to the full.

Often, people say that Christmas is all about the children. I am not sure that my colleagues in Epworth House (from where we run our support operations) would agree, with a highly competitive ‘who can best decorate their department’ competition in full swing.  Nor would our wonderful hospitality manager, who is making sure that all of our homes have a great set of menus for dinner, buffets and other set meals.  Nor would our residents, who have been astutely supervising the places where they live being decorated with all sorts of Christmas paraphernalia.

For those of us who are office based, the end of the year approaching also brings with it a set of deadlines that need to be met, be that budgeting for the coming year or clearing those jobs that have been deferred just one time too many, before we stop for a few days of the traditional break. 

As I reflect on my first Christmas at MHA, I am so thankful for all that our staff and volunteers do to make Christmas as special as it can be for all the people that we work with.  So as the stories of one year draw to a close and make way for a new set of stories, experiences and adventures for 2015, this last blog of the year just leaves me a chance to say, have a wonderful Christmas, wherever and with whomever you spend it.

Adrian Bagg

Chief Executive

Heart_and_Soul_32_DEC_14.pdf (click to download)

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