Christmas Message from the Mayor of Hunstanton Cllr Tony Bishopp
19 December 2020
Mayor Tony sets out priorities for the year ahead.
In his Christmas message the Mayor says:
"2020 has thrown many challenges our way as a community, but I am pleased to say that two of the largest ones – the first and second wave of COVID-19 – are behind us. Of course, there’s a journey ahead for all of us as we work to recover, heal and grow again.
"I encourage you all to shop local to help our businesses build back up and support community members who have been most impacted by the upheaval of the pandemic.
"We need to be working on a foundation of optimism, renewal and community bonding and this is where I want to lead Council in 2021.
"Hunstanton Town Council is here for the community, I ask all members to work together next year and look to address our communities’ priorities. Working closer with local Charities and Community Groups, reaching out to the lonely, those silently trying to get through depression and listening to the needs of the elderly as well as the youth of the town.
"The year has been challenging for us all, particularly families on low income who may have been affected even more due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
"Hunstanton residents and local businesses have shown their generosity and care for others by donating to the Mayor’s Christmas Gift Appeal. The response has been immense and very humbling, and all members of Hunstanton Town Council thank you all for your wonderful and generous donations this Christmas.
"Working with Benjamin Foundation, West Norfolk Young Carers & Little Lights we have been able to ensure that many local children have a little something to look forward to this festive season.
"Each Care Home in Hunstanton will be receiving a box of ‘lucky dip’ gifts for their residents and treats for the staff who have worked continuously during the pandemic.
"Boxes of gifts will also be going out to the Women’s Refuge and the Homeless Hostel.
"With funds donated to the campaign, HTC has been able to work with the Food Bank and support local businesses in the High Street by purchasing gift vouchers that are being distributed by the Schools to those families receiving free school meals.
"As we fast approach the festive season, it’s important to remember that the holidays can be stressful, even during a normal year. This year, it’s so important to take care of your mental health, as Christmas and the holiday period get closer. Take time to relax, talk to friends, family and loved ones about how you’re feeling and check in on them. Eating well, exercising and keeping up social connections can also help to give some stability if things are looking tough.
"I hope that, however 2020 may have panned out for you, we can look forward to a brighter and better 2021.
"Have a Merry Christmas and a safe holiday season."