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Celebrate...good times

As I write this, it is just 2 days to go to the 30 mile Thames Path walk for The Food Chain. I’m as ready as I’m going to be and have been enjoying my practice walks around London in recent weeks!

There will be 12 of us doing the whole 30 miles and we very much hope others will join us along the way or at the pub at the end, where we will have cake (thank you to Alice who has baked it) and a well-earned cup of tea (or other refreshment!).

It’s going to be a long day for the walkers, but a good one. We will pass through areas of London where very many former Food Chain service users and volunteers have lived, and where our services have made a real difference at times of need. It will be good to remember and reflect on this great tradition as we walk along and take in the sights. The Food Chain is an important part of the London landscape for thousands of people and I’ll be wearing my green t-shirt and striding forwards with pride. We have done great work over the past 30 years, and there is still great work to be done. It’s a good way to spend a Saturday.

The Volunteer thank you party last week was great fun. It was lovely to see so many people there relaxing and having a good time, and a real pleasure to celebrate the achievements of all our volunteers whether they were with us in the room or not. It never ceases to impress me how much time and energy is given to The Food Chain by so many people and over so many years. What an amazing bunch of people!

I spoke at the party of how the first Food Chain volunteers gave the gift of their time with love and kindness on Christmas day in 1988. It is a truly remarkable achievement that everything we have done from that day to this has been done in the same spirit. This, I think, is our greatest strength, and sits at the very heart of our work. Whatever the stresses and strains of the external funding world, we are able to withstand the highs and lows. We have generations of people who care about others in The Food Chain family and that’s something that all the money in the world can’t buy. There is so much to celebrate, and so much to be thankful for.

Three cheers for The Food Chain, I say – or let’s make it 30 cheers and more! Let’s cheer so they can hear us all over London for decades to come.