Leader, December 31 2021

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Making the most of life

It is hard to believe we have come to the end of another year still in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.

This time last year, we were full of hope that 2021 would be a better year and would hopefully see an end to the pandemic.

And while it continues, we have made positive steps towards eradicating the virus through Covid vaccinations.

Although restrictions were not as tight as they were last year, there were still some limitations on what we could do in 2021.

For the elderly, in particular, it must have been very difficult not to be able to attend some of the groups and classes which provide them with vital entertainment and company.

But we have two options in that situation: wallow in self-pity or focus our energy on something positive, which is exactly what 90-year-old Edna Paterson did.

Mrs Paterson was unable to attend her beloved crafting group but she didn’t mope about.

Instead, she set herself a challenge and undertook her biggest knitting project, making a blanket the likes of which we’ve never seen before.

Once again, we hope for brighter days next year. But, no matter what happens, we are thankful to live in a community of people who support and inspire one another.

Happy new year!