“At a time when the days are shorter and the climate harsher, it feels more important than ever to reach out and connect to each other.
“I think about our community often – sometimes with joy as I am inspired by your determination, fundraising efforts and stories; at other times with sadness as it is the first year since I have been patron that I haven’t personally been able to join for an event or camp, and I miss that deeply.
“It’s been such as strange year, the months passing without my usual milestones, however I wanted to share some wins. The seeds I bought at the beginning of lockdown, many survived and even thrived and my garden is now feeding both robins and squirrels.
“I’ve managed to keep connected with a group of friends to do circuits twice a week since March using the House Party app – those of us who can stay on for a chat over breakfast, which has been fantastic. And I’m now sharing my life with a labradoodle, Harlyn, who is growing at a great rate and who makes me smile with her greeting every day.
“I hope you have managed to look after yourselves and connect with the people and the things that give you energy during this extraordinary year.
“My Christmas wish is that you feel the support of our community whenever you need it, and we keep taking one step in front of the next together into 2021. Lots of love to each and every one of you.”
Sarah Winckless MBE, Patron, Scottish Huntington’s Association