We should think about those who have suffered loss
Tuesday, 27 December 2016
NEWRY, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson Gillian Fitzpatrick gives her reflections on the passing year and outlines her hopes and aspirations for the new one about to commence.
Whilst visiting the Simon Community in Newry, Councillor Fitzpatrick said, "I am delighted to have this opportunity to send a message to the people of Newry, Mourne and Down district at this time of year. Throughout 2016, it has been a privilege for me to serve as the Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.
"As Christmas and New Year approach, I ask that you think about those who are unwell, the elderly, the vulnerable, those who feel lonely and those who have experienced the loss of a loved one this year.
"We should give our gratitude to those who will be working over the Christmas Holiday - to doctors, hospitals, emergency services staff and those who give their time to help the homeless over the festive season.
"This year, I decided rather than send out Christmas cards, that I would provide some much needed help for the homeless. During December I visited the Newry Simon Community and MACs residence in Downpatrick to present gift boxes which were made up from donations by local businesses.
"As another year comes to a close and we approach the festive season, it always seems appropriate that we take time to reflect on the year gone by. I have found it a great honour to represent Newry, Mourne and Down as the first citizen since becoming the Chairperson in May.
"I have been very proud to host many groups, Civic Awards and Receptions; perhaps the most inspiring was the event which in honour of our Paralympic Swimmer, Bethany Firth, winner of three gold and one silver medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. The outstanding talent in our district never ceases to amaze me.
"On behalf of all the Councillors and Staff at Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, I would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and hope that 2017 will be prosperous and healthy for us all."
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