As we bid farewell to 2023 and embrace the joyous festive season, we have something special to share with you. This year, instead of purchasing Christmas cards, we've decided to share some Christmas cheer by showcasing the artistic talents of Betty, a very talented 7-year-old. She has poured her creativity into this beautiful hand-drawn card that will surely bring a smile to your face.
But that's not all! By sticking to our tradition of not buying generic cards, we're not only reducing our carbon footprint but also making a positive impact on the world. We are proud to announce that the proceeds from this initiative will go towards supporting these three incredible charities chosen by our team members.
Founded by Jane Harris, a psychotherapist and bereavement specialist, along with her partner, filmmaker Jimmy Edmonds, The Good Grief Project was born out of their own personal tragedy - the loss of their beloved son Joshua in 2011.
Turning their grief into purpose, they established this charity as a creative resource for families navigating the difficult journey of bereavement.
Donations help to fund workshops that provide essential tools for emotional resilience, courses that educate on navigating grief's complexities, and weekend retreats that foster connection and healing.
Most recently Jane & Jimmy were honored to be in conversation with The Archbishop of Canterbury on Remembrance weekend to a live audience of 450 at Exeter Uni talking about the charity, grief, loss, and finding meaning after untimely death.
Please follow these links for more information about the work of The Good Grief Project:
APCAM clinic has been specifically created for parents to ensure they are not alone in their journey and for children and young people who are in need and would be otherwise unable to access support. They provide a safe space to air thoughts and grievances, be heard and understood by those in similar situations, and find a community that supports each other wholeheartedly.
Speaking with those who know what it is you are going through, facing similar issues and behaviours with their children, is incredibly precious to the parents who visit APCAM. They also offer a therapeutic clinic for children and young people who are suffering from a range of mental health difficulties; anxiety, depression, eating disorders, OCD, self-harm, school refusal, and SEN to mention just a few.
Chipping Norton Lido - a true testament to the power of community spirit and determination. Thanks to the unwavering support of local residents, this cherished 25m heated pool was saved from closure back in 2004.
As a "pool with a social conscience," Chipping Norton Lido is committed to promoting a healthy lifestyle for all. Their mission is to inspire as many people as possible, especially children and older individuals, to embrace the benefits of swimming and physical activity.
Whether you're looking for individual or group lessons, aquafit classes, artistic swimming opportunities, early years sessions for little ones, or affordable Over 60s sessions, Chipping Norton Lido has something for everyone. They even offer invigorating activities on their lawns like yoga, Tai Chi, and fitness training.
Every act of kindness has a ripple effect that reaches far beyond what we can imagine.
From everyone at the Water Hygiene Centre, we would like to wish all of our clients and subscribers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.