It was a series of strange coincidences that first brought Simon Says to my notice.
I had already worked with one of the founders of this fantastic charity, and had already heard from others of the big difference that it was making across Hampshire to the lives of many children and their families at such a difficult time.
The sudden death of a friend of mine, leaving his young family devastated, brought home to me the effects of bereavement on those left behind, particularly on children and young people.
Soon thereafter I was asked if I might like to support Simon Says as a patron – I was, of course, delighted to be able to do so.
Since then I have been really impressed by the hard work and dedication of the team, and amazed by the generosity of all those fund-raisers who give so much of their time to help.
We all know how well the Great British public like to get behind a good cause, and I can think of none better than to help the youngest and most vulnerable members of our community at a time when they need it most.
Thank you to all of those of you who continue to support the work of Simon Says. We are very grateful for anything that you can offer – every penny you give makes a difference to another young person and their family.