What a year!
I think it's fair to say we've all collectively been through one of the strangest years in history this year, and with Christmas just around the corner, things look set to carry on in that fashion for a little while longer yet...
It's not been all doom and gloom in 2020 though, and it does seem as if there is a light at the end of the tunnel. We've already seen the start of the mass roll out of the Pfizer vaccine in the UK, and with other countries beginning their own vaccination programmes too, there's a case to be made for hoping that some sort of normality will be back with us in a matter of months rather than years.
As ever, there have been both winners and losers in the stock market, with the market understandably reacting to the pandemic to give us one of the most volatile years on record. The restrictions put in place to curb the effects of the virus have also seen a huge ramp up of 'home working', with some suggesting a return to the majority of employees working from an office will never fully happen.
However things do eventually pan out in the long run, it still seems like there's work to be done... as we've seen with the virus throwing up another festive surprise for us in the form of the "new strain" that's currently rampaging across the South East of England at the moment.
While we've not exactly enjoyed having to adapt to the circumstances, it's certainly made us stronger and more resilient as a team. We've also felt the effects of not being able to fundraise for our local community in the way we normally are however we're chomping at the bit to start those efforts up again as the government guidelines allow.
There's nothing we can do about that at the moment, though. As we come to end of the year, it now becomes the time to relax, to put your feet up, to forget about all the stresses and strains of your daily life and to try and enjoy your time with what limited family or friends you are able to see.
Here at Team Prosperity, we're wishing everyone the very best Christmas break possible. We'd like to thank all those who supported our fundraising efforts throughout the year, and we'd also like to wish you all a very happy 2021, too. Like I said at the start, 2020 has been such a weird year. Hopefully, with all things going to plan, 2021 will be the year we get to see you all again... and not just over a Zoom call!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, everybody.
(Saint) Nick Adamthwaite