It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere we go…. The John Lewis and M&S adverts have been on our TVs for a few weeks telling us exactly how much better Christmas will be if we either eat their products or meet an alien! 

Already the pressure is mounting for Christmas to be ‘perfect’ but something I read recently explained that Christmas can be a magnifier – if things are good in your life, Christmas tends to magnify all that goodness: what’s good seems better, good family seems great, good parties seem fantastic, good memories become even better.  But sadly, Christmas can also magnify what’s difficult: if you are struggling, Christmas can make that struggle seem overwhelming, financial stress can become unbearable, challenged relationships within a family can seem more intense especially if they are sharing Christmas with you and if you are feeling lonely, then images of the ‘perfect’ Christmas can intensify that sense of loneliness.

The solution?  Well Hope Trust can help, but so can Felixstowe Christians Against Poverty & Debt, Basic Life Charity, Compass, Walton Parish Nursing, The Hub run by St Mary’s church on a Thursday morning - to name but a few.  The solution is to seek out those organisations that serve this local community day in and day out and see which one offers the support and help you need.  In other words - you are not alone, there are many people who can offer practical and social help, but we all recognise that the first step is the hardest, but for those brave enough to take that step, well, things can only get better.

As we pen these words, we have been reflecting on just how many such articles we have had included in this publication by the team at The Flyer.  By our reckoning we’ve contributed 126 articles over 11 years.  We also know how many people have read our words, responded to what’s been offered and have found their way from where they are, closer to where they want to be.  We know that this won’t stop as 2022 dawns, but what will change is that we (Paul & Sheila) will be spectators to the ongoing work of Hope Trust.  As the New Year dawns, so the time has come for new leadership, new opportunities, and new energy in the life of the charity.  So, as we bid you all ‘adieu’ we want with all our hearts to reassure you that Hope Trust will continue to serve older people in the town of Felixstowe, and surrounding villages, helping every person that reaches out to find new connections, new activities, next steps that will lead them to a brighter and better tomorrow.

So, here’s wishing you all a Happy Christmas and for the last time, we are - Paul & Sheila Taylor, Pastoral Workers for Hope Trust – you can reach Hope Trust on T: 01394 272592, M: 07845 202 112,

E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you can visit our website however you choose to do it, it will be good to speak with you, Hope Trust is here to help, as always.