Last weekend, I attended Redruth Revival’s Old Tyme Christmas event. It was very well attended. The choir sang, and encouraged everyone to sing along. It was good to see so many market stalls as well, selling local produce.
I always find that the most striking thing about Christmas and Christmas spirit is the generosity of local people. Last week, I visited Don Gardner and his team of dedicated volunteers at the food bank. The food bank offers a range of services, and a representative from my office spends time there every week to help people with any issues that they may want to discuss, including housing, benefits and support getting back into work. Additionally, the Department for Work and Pensions and the Citizens Advice Bureau are both represented at the food bank.
Don and his team are working incredibly hard to ensure that local people who are struggling financially are able to enjoy a family Christmas dinner. Christmas brings our communities together, and demonstrates the strength and resilience of our society.
Elsewhere, I was interested to hear about Pool Academy’s project in which students started their own food bank to help the local community. A Year 9 citizenship group has been learning about local charities during the lead-up to Christmas, and how difficult the festive season can be for some people.
2017 has been a turbulent year in British politics. As Parliament prepares to close for Christmas, it is a chance to take stock. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year.