Today I helped out at 'Santa Stork' which was created by Reigate Charity - Stripey Stork who through fund raising, provide gifts for those who really need a helping hand at this particularly difficult time of year. At least 50% of referral partners expect to be making requests for more families as a direct consequence of the pandemic and so the operation this year has been scaled up to respond to 2,500 children and 1,250 parents/carers gift requests. The 'Virtual Santa Shop' gives people a chance safely to become a Secret Santa for a child in need - they can purchase a gift from local partners - Toy Barnhaus, and the cost of the item will be used to purchase a requested gift, giving the referred families the Christmas they deserve. Today, along with Lesley from Reigate St. Mary's School, I helped to pack some of those gifts along with volunteers from Stripey Stork. It is sad that there is such a need this year for this service but thanks to people's generosity almost 2,000 gifts had already been purchased online. If you wish to make a difference to a family in need this Christmas please visit the online store at: I would like to also take this opportunity to thank everybody at Stripey Stork for the incredible work they do all year round to help Surrey families in need.

Wreath laying with Surrey’s Lord Lieutenant at the Muslim Peace Garden in Woking to remember the 450,000 Muslims who lost their lives fighting for Greaf Britain.